Hi! Thought tonight that I would share a card that I created from one of the techniques that Jennifer McGuire used in the Thinking Inking class, I loved the card so much I almost replicated it, so this is dedicated to my dear friend Jennifer.


I took Kraft card stock and trimmed it to form a card, next, taking the Hero Arts, Old Letter Writing, I inked it up with some distress ink, vintage photo and stamped over the entire front of the card, adding more touches of vintage photo to the edges of the card and setting aside. Taking a piece of white card stock and the Hero Arts, Floral Brocade stamp, I took a pearl, paint dabber and applied the paint over the entire stamp, once enough coverage I stamped over the white card stock, setting aside until dry. Once the paint had time to dry, I took distress ink, rusty hinge, tumbled glass and peeled paint and applied heavily over the image, making sure to apply and blend the inks together. When I was happy with how the inks look, I then stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Get Merry stamp set making sure to ink the stamp with Archival Jet Black Ink. I added a tree to one side of the painted card stock, I used some Basic Grey patterned paper and the tree from the Hero Arts, Merry Christmas Tree stamp set, this was inked with distress ink, peeled paint, applying more ink over the top of the paper once stamped. I adhered the tree to the painted card stock with foam dimensionals, adding a piece of twine to the base of the tree and pearls. I trimmed small pieces of brown card stock and adhered all the pieces to the front of the card along with some lace trim that I aged using distress ink, antique linen. Lastly, adding a few more pearls to the bottom of the sentiment.

I had a lot of fun using this technique and I thank Jennifer so much for show casing the wonderful Thinking Inking once again, I hope as we all do to see more of this in the future.

Before I leave you tonight I wish to share a sweet little gift that arrived in my mailbox the other day from my very sweet Hostess Sister, Nancy. Isn’t she just the greatest, what a beautiful little memento to keep and look at to remind me of how much fun I had being a hostess. Thank you so much my wonderful friend you are the best, I will treasure this forever.


Well I am off to relax, the next couple of days are going to be just huge at work.


  • pretty and elegant card !
    greetings, martina

  • Beautiful background Joy! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • beautiful. I might just have to try this.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! I think this is my favourite ‘Joy’ card EVER! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Love what Nancy made too. Beautiful and so sweet of her! :)ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely GORGEOUS Joy!! You really are one talented lady…Jennifer would be so proud!ReplyCancel

  • What a fabulous effect with that technique – I love it!!! Super sweet happy mail too – lucky thing!

  • Gorgeous background and I love that trim at the bottom, what a great hostess gift from Nancy!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning card, Joy. I think you have replicated the paint technique perfectly – Jennifer will be thrilled :o).
    What a beautiful memento from Nancy – it is a treasure!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful colours Joy!ReplyCancel

  • LOve your pretty card joy- great job on Jennifer’s technique! How sweet of Nancy to send you the HA Apron card- what a great way to remember the fun times!ReplyCancel

  • I just love your gorgeous card, Joy! Absolutely fabulous ink technique! So happy you like my little gift…I will certainly treasure the friendships!

  • wow! the background on your first card is absolutely gorgeous, Joy! love love love it!ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic result Joy – Gorgeous colors and design!ReplyCancel

  • Aww these are so pretty! Wow i love that background on the first card :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! How has your day been today? Mine did not start off to a great start, what with finding another leek in our roof, but hopefully all fixed now, big sigh!

Today, I thought that I would share another Purple Onion Designs card for you, using some of the new stamps. I figured that this would be appropriate as Michele is kicking off the big sale as we speak.

Toy Soldier

I took the Toy Soldier and stamped it onto some white card stock, coloured him in with my Copics, adding highlights of Gold Spica and then cut the image out. Taking more white card stock and the Spellbinders, Label 8, I ran it through my Cuttlebug and cut the die. I then inked up the Early 1900’s Music Background stamp with distress ink, antique linen and also applied more of the ink over the die cut as well as vintage photo to soften the look of the die cut. Whilst the Label 8 die was still out I took some Basic Grey patterned paper and cut another piece to cover a small section of the stamped die cut, I toned it down, by blending some vintage photo to the edges and adhered this to the bottom and added some twine. Next, I adhered the Toy Soldier to the die cut using foam dimensionals and added a sentiment from a set that the lovely and talented Jennifer Holmes designed with Michele. Lastly, I added rhinestones to the toy soldier and attached the die cut to a trim red card.

A super fun card to make and I cannot wait to share more cards that I have designed with these wonderful new stamps.

Don’t forget that the sale starts really soon and that there is also a special surprise happening as well, so make sure you check it out.

Well I am off to do a bit more crafting and relaxing as I will be heading back to work tomorrow and boy the next 3 days will be really huge for me, so when I reach next weekend, I may need CPR!

Enjoy your night!



Hi Everyone! I hope you have all enjoyed your day and that possibly you have had time to be a little crafty or at least relax. I have been busy with my Mum today, computer work and have now just left the craft room and thought it was time to blog again.

I have chosen a Purple Onion Designs card for you today and what a fitting way to share this because as of Friday, 26th November til the 10th of December, Purple Onion Designs will be having a Holiday Sale, 25% of all stamps including the new Christmas stamps and I have to tell you those new stamps along with the older ones are truly yummy, so pop over to the blog and check out all the details. There is also another surprise happening on Friday, don’t forget to check it out.

Vintage  Christmas

I wanted a vintage feel to this Christmas card, so trimming some text paper, I inked the sides of the paper with distress ink, antique linen and vintage photo then made a stitching line around the edge, adhering this to a white card that was trimmed to size. Taking more white card stock I cut a die cut out and stamped over the top using the Early 1900’s Music Background that was inked with distress ink, barn door, blending to soften using distress ink, antique linen. Next, taking red card stock I stamped a Vintage Snowflake that was inked with Colorbox Ink, frost white and punched it out using a circle punch, adding white gel pen stitching around the edge. I then adhered a Jenni Bowlin vintage button that had a bow of twine put through the holes in the button. I adhered the circle to the die cut using foam dimensionals and using more foam dimensionals onto the die cut that was adhered to the text paper. I cut a strip of red and white card stock, that was attached to the base of the card with a sentiment stamped onto this to finish the card.

Enjoy viewing the card and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your night or day.

Don’t forget.

To those celebrating Thanksgiving, may you all enjoy your day with your loved ones and have a day to remember always.


  • Beautiful card, Joy! Love the pop of red!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful…love the wonderful vintage style! The aged look of the text paper looks so terrific with the pops of red.

  • Love this vintage card! So pretty, rich, and warm! :)ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous card, Joy! Love the die cut shape with the music and your pretty snowflake! Great colors! Hope you are well, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely card Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Such a gorgeous card Joy! Love that die cut shape as well and the distressing and text paper are so pretty! :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! I have exciting news to share with you today, that being another Guest Designer day. I was contacted a few weeks ago by the lovely, sweet and talented Jennifer from Random Act of Cardness. Jennifer, has a wonderful blog, which you can check out HERE and the sweetest little shop attached to it, selling all wonderful products which you can view HERE.

Jennifer asked me to create, share some answers to the questions that she had written and also share some of my work, well me being me, could not resist. To view the blog post go HERE.


Creating the card that I made for her was truly fun, I took white card stock and using the Hero Arts, Magical Background stamp, I inked it up with some distress ink, Antique Linen, stamping over the entire card stock. Taking more antique linen distress in and also vintage photo, I applied over the stamped image to give more depth. Next, sewing around the edges of the card stock and set aside. I then took the Hero Arts, Merry Christmas Trees (which between you and me, I did not think that I would like this set as much as the other Christmas stamps, but I tell a fib, I love them and they happen to be my favourite set this year) I stamped each one of the trees onto more white card stock, inked with Versamark Ink and then embossing the trees with white embossing powder, I applied colour to the trees using distress ink, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage with touches of Vintage Photo to make them pop. I cut each of the trees out and adhered each of them to the magical background card stock using foam dimensionals, also adding rhinestones and pearls to match the trees. I stamped a sentiment from the same Merry Christmas Trees stamp set and adhered the card stock to a trimmed white card.

A super fun card with lots of techniques involved in the creating process, in fact it was so much fun I created another card very similar to give to someone this year.

Make sure you pop on over to Random Act of Cardness and do leave some comments, I know that Jennifer would really appreciate it.

Well I am off to get some lunch and maybe a little tiny bit more of crafting in before heading to work.

Hugs to you all!

  • lovely card Joy and I enjoyed reading about you on Jennifers blog. You are truly inspirationalReplyCancel

  • So gorgeous! Congrats on the Guest DT spot! I’m off to check out the blog post now :) Beautiful embossing Joy – i love those trees :)ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love how you colored the trees. They’re so elegant and beautiful. Love this card; congrats on being featured on Jennifer’s blog! I actually did the “pairing up” challenge with her a while back, so I love to see my bloggy friends teaming up. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Great card Joy. I love the trees.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Joy – Great to read about you – Love your work sweetie!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    What a beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats to you, my friend! Love this fabulous card! Your distressing is always so perfect! Gorgeous trees too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on being featured Joy! It was fun to read more about you. Your card is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Very beautiful! Love the soft tones on this card!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations, Joy! Your card is so elegant!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, I am at the end of my mini break and will be back to work tomorrow, it is always sad when your breaks end.

Today, I wish to share a card that I designed for Jay Gee’s Nook, showcasing the use of inchies. At first I was kind of scared off with these little things and they were always being pushed to the back of my crafting stash. But after surfing the net last night I stumbled across a wonderful blog and it truly inspired me to get these blank little canvas things out and create something with them.


I took SEI, Wintersong patterned paper and cut six little squares out, applying distress ink, Vintage Photo to each of the squares. Next, adhering each of the patterned paper squares to the white inchies, sanding each one back to form a nice edge, once the glue had dried, I applied more vintage photo distress ink. I took stamps from Papertrey Ink, 2010 Holiday Tags and also Big bold Holiday Wishes, I added the postmark stamp directly to the inchies using black ink and also stamped sentiments onto white card stock, cutting parts of the sentiment out and adding more vintage photo distress ink. I adhered the inchies to a white card stock that was trimmed to form a card, then adhered each of the words and also adding some red rhinestones. Lastly, I added some twine to the base of the card to finish.

Here is a close up view of the card.


I hope that this gives you some inspiration to buy some inchies and create something beautiful.

Don’t forget to pop of to Jay Gee’s Nook blog and check out what Ange and Judith have been up to as well.

Have a nice rest of the weekend.

I look forward to bringing you some more projects through the week.



Hi Everyone! I have had a mini break, in which I am loving and hoping to get more crafting done today after what we all call the dreaded cleaning of the house, but before I get started, I wanted to share a card that I created for Purple Onion Designs, using the super sweet Willard stamp.

Christmas Willard

Using white card stock, I stamped the image of Willard Hanging Lights and coloured him in with my Copics, once happy with how he was coloured in, I trimmed around the image and set aside. Next, taking some Basic Grey patterned paper, I stamped Willard once again and also stamped the Vintage Snowflake stamp that was inked with distress ink, Antique Linen, then blending over the patterned paper with more Antique Linen and also light touches of distress ink, Vintage Photo. I took the cut out image of Willard and added foam dimensionals to the back, then adhered it to the image that was stamped on the patterned paper, colouring also the little lights on the patterned paper. Lastly, I added a sentiment to the top and adhered this to the front of the card using more foam dimensionals.

I love this image of Willard and I am now thinking of getting the other Willard that is in the collection.

Before I leave today I wanted to share some eye candy that I have found whilst surfing the net:

I so want to make THIS.

Love Nichol’s super sweet creations.

Great money holder, from Sarah.

Seeing THIS has made me want to scrapbook even more.

Love THIS elegant Christmas card.

Look at THIS, THIS, THIS and THIS, that has arrived at Jay Gee’s Nook.

Lastly, Cannot wait to get my hands on THIS.

Just one more thing that I wish to share with you, I went out this morning and took some photos of the old roses that are around my garden and that only flower once a year, the light pink one, goes across our old shed and is quite big and beautiful (PS. don’t mind the unmowed lawns in background, they are getting done as we speak..LOL).





Enjoying viewing the card, links and the photos today, I am off to clean, UGH!

Have a great day!


  • Look at all those beautiful flowers! WOW! And Willard couldn’t be cuter! Love your coloring!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, your card is amazing. Love everything about it! And your roses, wow! Looking at them make me miss my garden back in NZ. :)ReplyCancel

  • Willard is so cute Joy. And your roses are so lovely…. Hope the cleaning was too onerous… I can’t vacuum at the moment due to strained back…so hubby did it… but wouldn’t go near the crafting room…said it was too messy!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous flowers Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness! Those roses are absolutely amazing, Joy! Are they on a tree? I know that may sound like a dumb question, but I’ve never seen roses growing in such abundance and at such a tall height! They are so beautiful! Love your Willard card too! He is very cute!ReplyCancel

  • wow, what an amazing card !!! those roses are stunning ! greetings, martina

  • What a stunning card!!! i love those beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • oh my your roses are beautiful, the wreath looks fab and i too want the october afterneen modern homemaker papers they are so me LOL love the goodies in jay dees nook too. LOVE your Willard card too cute!!! thanks for your comments on my blog huggs AmandaReplyCancel

  • I love that sweet Willard…what a wonderful card you created to highlight him! Thanks for the links and the look at your garden, nothing but rain and gloom here today.
    bless youReplyCancel

  • What a fun card, Joy! Thanks for the links (and linking to my money tree card). Your roses are GORGEOUS!!ReplyCancel

  • you have really put willard in the spotlight with this one, what a great background and fabulous colouring!! your roses are amazing, you must have a green thumb! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ooooh, was für wunderschöne Rosen !!!

    Das Foto tut gut, bei uns ist es kalt und nebelig. Grau in grau…..

    Ihre Karten finde ich auch wunderschön.

    liebe Grüße
    aus Österreich

  • Aww that card is so cute! Your roses are amazing Joy – great pics!! :)ReplyCancel