Hi! Everyone, how is your evening? We are starting to receive some rain, which is wonderful as we are desperate for it, so I hope it continues all night and tomorrow.

So today I wanted to share a flower that I made using Betsy Veldmans technique, I was so delighted in the way this flower turned out and was so fun to make. So thanks for the tutorial Betsy.


I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. I took another strip of white card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug and embossed it with the Jamara embossing folder. Next, I cut a small strip of pink card stock and punched a border with a Fiskars, Upper Crest border punch and adhered it to the embossed white card stock, I then adhered this to the base of the white card. I then moved onto making the flower, I punched 8 two inch scalloped circles out of vellum and changed the colour using some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pink Taffy and heat set with my heat gun, I then folded the scalloped circles in half, then in half again and again. I punched a one and three quarter inch circle and covered it with high tack glue, I then took the folded vellum and adhered it to the circle until all of the circle was covered, I added a stitched brad to the centre of the flower and set aside. Next, I stamped a leaf from the Hero Arts, Leaf Prints onto some green patterned paper, I cut them out and adhered to the back of the flower. I then adhered the flower to the embossed white card stock. Lastly, I added a Papertrey Ink sentiment to the top of the card and some pearls.

Here are more views of the card.



I also have a surprise video for you, just sharing some goodies that arrived in the mail today from my favourite shopping place Scrapbook Boutique.

Hope you enjoy the card and the video and that you have a fabulous night.



  • Love the card, Joy! Absolutely gorgeous vellum flower! Love the added pearls too! So pretty! Nice haul too! :)ReplyCancel

  • gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the lacey effect you got with the embossing folder in the background, too.ReplyCancel

  • great video Joy, I love seeing yor selection of yummy candy! Your card and flower is so stunning and elegant!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my gosh, beautiful! That flower just stands out so well with the plush color! So life like!ReplyCancel

  • Love your vellum flower–it adds the perfect touch of color! Thanks for sharing the video of your lovely “little” haul! Great stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Another lovely card, and great inspiration – today is my birthday, and I got a Cuttlebug as a gift from my daughters! *And* I have the folder you used here. Off to make a pretty card! ;) Thanks for all the work you put into this blog!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful Card! I am in loveee with the flower! So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow…Love the velum flower,Joy! So Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • This card is just gorgeous Joy, love your work!ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! I hope that you have all enjoyed your weekend as much as I have. We have had some beautiful weather, although a little nippy. I have been able to catch up with all of my washing and also got to do some crafting.

I spent sometime Saturday night searching the net and checking out blogs and some new techniques, one caught my eye that Kim Hughes had done for Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, she made several cards but this was my favourite. I loved the out come of the card and decided to try and have a go with what I had and see if it worked and well I have to say that I was pretty happy with the end result. My card was made slightly different to Kim’s and still turned out okay.


I cut kraft card stock to size and folded in half and set aside. I then took some white card stock and cut it slightly smaller then the card front. Next I took some Ranger, Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters and put some of the inks onto my craft sheet, next I spritzed it with some water and took my Hero Arts, Starburst Lace stamp and as if I was stamping on the craft sheet I stamped over the spritzed ink, grabbing colour, then stamped down onto the white card stock making sure not to press too hard. Once I had stamped the first time I then placed my stamp in the ink again and restamped, I did this until the whole white card stock was covered. It does not matter if the whole stamped images overlap this gives to the overall effect. I then heat set the stamped white card stock and set aside. Next, I took another piece of white card stock and cut a small strip, I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment from the Birthday Sayings stamp set and adhered this to the starburst lace card stock. I took my Ranger, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy and inked the edges of the card stock. Lastly, I added some rhinestones under the sentiment and attached to the front of the card with some foam dimensionals.

Here is another view of the card.


I really fun technique to do and yet really effective.

I also have another surprise for you today and I am sharing another video a sneek peak into my craft room again. Darryl, has made this wonderful storage centre for my card stock and my Copics. I cannot wait to have my room painted out to share the whole room with you in one video.

I hope you enjoy today’s card and video and if you wish to view all of my videos you can pop over to my Youtube channel and view them, oh and would be great if you could leave me a message over there if you like.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and I will be back tomorrow with another card.

Hugs for now.


  • Lovely card and great video, you have an awesome craft room! What a sweet hubby you have to make those shelves and special places for your craft goods!ReplyCancel

  • Uhhhh you lucky girl to have a craft room like that – wow!!!!!
    Love all the bling on your birthday card!

    HUGS SanneReplyCancel

  • Heather Maria

    Wow gorgeous card Joy! Such beautiful colours and the effect using that technique is amazing. Another wow for your craftroom Joy – lots of yummy supplies and Darryl did a fantastic job!!ReplyCancel

  • This card is absolutely fabulous! I love the colors and the stamp. Sorry for the mistakes, I am French and translate with Google.ReplyCancel

  • Joy. delightful card and loved the video. Your craft area is so neat.ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous technique,thanks for sharing:-) need to try it out sometime, your card has turned out so pretty! amazing colours and watery dreamy effect.ReplyCancel

  • Love your Cardstock storge:-) very neat, and love the copic storage too.. you are so lucky to have someone build so many cool storage areas for you!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! GORGEOUS card! I’ll have try that technique!ReplyCancel

  • SO pretty!! simple & serene & lovely. :)ReplyCancel

  • FANTASTIC technique, Joy, and it turned out beautiful! Can’t wait to try this myself! Love the colors you chose, too!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! Awesome card! What a fun technique! I’ll be trying it for sure! Love the video and hearing your sweet voice again! Great storage!! Darryl is definitely a keeper! :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing the technique you used Joy and I’m really loving your paper and Copic set up- you can say I’m jealous now!!ReplyCancel

  • Great card. And I LOVE that storage unit for your papers and great Copic markers storage. How wonderful these are!ReplyCancel

  • Your craft room is wonderful and I love all of your storage – Darryl is very talented! Your card is beautiful, I am going to try that technique. I saw it on The Classroom but I like the colors you used much better.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card Joy! Those Distress Inks are so useful!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic effect! Must try this technique!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card Joy! And love the video! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • It has a really mesmerizing watercolor effect, beautiful Joy!ReplyCancel

  • WOW, I just ADORE this Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card! And Darryl’s woodwork is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • I am SO jealous of your cool custom storage rack. Wish I could commission him to make me one!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! WOW! am I glad that it is Friday and that my day has finished at work, now it is play time in the craft room and getting my house in order, maybe a little R&R as well.

So tonight I have another card to share with you that I designed for Purple Onion Designs.


I started with white card stock and using my Cuttlebug, I cut 2 Spellbinders, Label 8 dies. On one side of the Label 8 die cut I stamped Late 1800’s Script Background stamp with some Colorbox Ink, Rain forest, Celadon. Then taking the blue damask patterned paper from the My Minds Eye, Lush Collection I cut another Label 8 die cut, I cut this in half and adhered it to the bottom of white card stock, Label 8 die cut. Next, I made a poofy flower (I learnt how to make this wonderful flower through the talented Dawn McVey’s blog). I cut a small white strip of card stock and stamped a sentiment from the Mini Sentiments stamp set. I adhered the strip, slightly over lapping the patterned paper to cover the join. Next, I adhered the poofy flower to the other side of the sentiment and a rhinestone at the end of the sentiment. Lastly, I adhered small strips of white card stock on the inside of the Label 8 die cuts to form the card.

Hope you enjoy tonight’s card and that you take the time to pop over the either the website or the blog and take a look or maybe even buy some great products.

Have a wonderful night and I will catch you all tomorrow.




Hello Everyone! Well back is feeling a lot better today, which is a great thing, I am also hoping that it never happens again.

Well here today is a very simple card.


I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. Next I took some patterned paper from the My Minds Eye, Quite Contrary collection, I think it is called Best Friends. I cut this slightly smaller then the card front and adhered it with some foam dimensionals. Onto a piece of white card stock I stamped a flower from the Hero Arts, Color Me Flower stamp set twice and coloured in with my Copics, once this was coloured in I cut the two flowers out, one being the whole flower and the other just the centre piece of the flower. Next, I took some more white card stock and cut a piece that was slightly smaller then the patterned piece of paper and stamped the flower once again onto this, I then coloured the image in and adhered both the flower and flower centre with some foam dimensionals to this. I added a pink ribbon to the bottom of the white card stock, above the ribbon I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set and lastly, I added some pink rhinestones to the outer parts of the flower and some more pink rhinestones to some more parts of the white card stock.

Here are some more views of the card.



Enjoy your day today, I am off to work shortly.

Hope to catch you all tomorrow.



  • I really like the layering in your card. the pinks are very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Beautifully elegant card, love your work!ReplyCancel

  • This is BEAUTIFUL, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • No one does pink like you do, Joy!! So beautiful! And very glad to hear your back is better!! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I love the pink! This card is so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • This is definitely not simple… the flower has so many shades of colors, dimensions, depth. The details are amazing! Love this, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • This is wonderful! Pink is such a good color for you! Lovely definition and dimension on the flower! So glad to hear your back is getting better, nothing is worse than back pain!! Ugh! Take care!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful design Joy, beautiful and stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is stunning. Doesn’t look too simple to me… all that layering. Just wonderfulReplyCancel

  • So pretty, Joy!
    I really love this card!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Sorry about not posting over the last couple of days, what with work and then I ended up with a pinched nerve in my back, which was rather debilitating, I found that I could not do any posting. But I had a massage yesterday and my masseur removed the pinched nerve and although tender in a few places, I am feeling so much better. So back to posting again.

So today’s card I made a about a week ago for my friend, she has asked me to make 10 cards for her, so this is one of them.


I started with white card stock, folded in half and took Papertrey Ink, Polka Dot Basic 2 and stamped a row of polka dots at the bottom of the card with some Colorbox Ink, Papaya Cream, I set this aside to dry. Next, I stamped a little girl from the Hero Arts, Sweet Wonderful You stamp set onto some white card stock and coloured in with my Copics. Once coloured in I cut her out and adhered her to the card with some foam dimensionals. I added a pink ribbon to the top of the stamped polka dots and a stamped sentiment from the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings above the ribbon. Lastly, I added some rhinestones to the card as added interest and an American Crafts, Thicker number 1 as this little girl is turning 1.

Here are some more photos of the card.



Enjoy today’s card and I will be back tomorrow with another card.

Have a great day!



  • Beautiful! I love the ink you used and the fabulous Copic coloring :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy!! I’ve missed you! I love this card! The image is colored just perfectly! I love the added pink with the dots and bow! The dimension is fabulous too! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • This is sooo darling Joy! A sweet and very soft pink – love this little girl stamp! So glad you are feeling better, that did not sound like fun! Take lots of care!ReplyCancel

  • Love those polka dots Joy. Nice and big and so pretty in pink. This is such a lovely card.ReplyCancel

  • Cute card – perfect for a little girl. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better, I hope it doesn’t happen again.ReplyCancel

  • I love it!!! just curious, how do you attach the rhinestones to the card?ReplyCancel

  • great stamp and colouring !really cute!ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet card with lots of pink goodness!
    Hope you’re on your way to a full recovery! Take good care!ReplyCancel

  • Love this card! You remind me to use my thicker #’s ! :> Sorry to hear about your back! No fun I have been there a few times. A massage though can be painful really helps. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this but what I also have done is: wet a hand towel and microwave until hot and place on painful spot, a few times that helps to loosen it. Another great trick is to take a tennis ball and lay on it on the sore spot. It hurts so bad but it works since it works at the spot. Or you can have your partner massage that spot with the ball. A tennis ball hits the deep muscles, I used to get pinched nerves or when you can’t turn your head since it’s stuck a lot. For about a year and a half my hubby has been massaging me with a tennis ball every night and it hasn’t happened since. it’s odd but it saves pain and money since I used to have a lot of headaches too, and did a lot of thearpy.ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely, positively adorable Joy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Your card is so cute! I love that number 1. :) And your coloring is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Glad you are feeling better! I LOVE this card! It’s incredibly cute and perfectly crafted! Each of your creations is always a treat to look at!ReplyCancel

  • Such a cute card Joy in some lovely soft colors!
    Hugs SanneReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So I am back with something special to share with you. As the title of this blog post says, I have joined the design team for Purple Onion Designs. I was asked by Michele about a month ago would I like to try out for the team and see whether it would be something I would be interested in. I created a few cards for her and she loved them, so hence came the decision, I made the decision to join only a couple of days ago and I must say that I am very excited and honoured to be on such a wonderful team with some truly talented ladies. So thank you Michele for giving me the opportunity to experience this.

So why not pop over to the blog and check it out, at present there is a sale going on over at the website for 50% of select stamps until Friday 14th May, all the stamps that are on sale are marked with red sale prices. So go check it all out and leave us some messages or why not even buy some wonderful stamps.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful friend Barb for posting a truly beautiful thread over at Flickr group and all the wonderful ladies who have left me sweet comments. Thank you to all of you.

I am looking forward in bringing you some creations with some wonderful stamps. For now here are a couple of cards that I created for Purple Onion Designs.



Have any questions about these cards, don’t forget that you can Formspring me which is in the sidebar of my blog or you can email me.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day!



  • BIG congrats to you Joy! Yay, how fun and exciting! Enjoy your new adventure my friend! Love both of your gorgeous cards, the trio of flowers is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations, Joy! So happy for you; I know you’ll be a real asset to Purple Onion. Love both these cards, such wonderful colors and design!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Joy! I knew you could do it!!! Your cards are as beautiful as always.ReplyCancel

  • Congrats to you Joy! I hope you enjoy being a Dt for them! I look forward to seeing your work! :>ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations, Joy!! Purple Onion is lucky to have you on board. Your cards are always great.ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! You make such beautiful cards, I know you’ll do great!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Congrats on the design team!
    They are lucky to have you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Congrats, Joy! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, I could not be happier for you!! This is going to be so fun! They are very lucky to have you on the team!! These two cards are so soft and pretty! I love the pink!! Hugs!:)ReplyCancel

  • congrats on your DT position…that’s so exciting! your cards are just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • well of course she loved your cards, joy!!
    congratulations. :)ReplyCancel

  • these are two awesome cards, not suprised your part of the dt, your work is fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! So thrilled for you! Love your cards!ReplyCancel

  • So happy for you! Congrats, Joy, for this well-deserved DT spot!ReplyCancel

  • Welcome to the team Joy. I love these cards.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations, Joy! Michele and POD made a great choice!
    So very happy for you…enjoy the ride!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulation for the DT position!! your cards are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats, Joy! Can’t wait to see what you and Jill make for POD!ReplyCancel