Hi Everyone! So I am back in the land of blogging again. I have spent Friday and Saturday in Canberra at the Craft and Quilt Show, I had a great time visiting all the stores, the only downside to it was that it was just way too cramped, they need a bigger space for their booths and also for people to access it with ease, but all in all it was a great time, I will share a photo in the next couple of days of the goodies that I brought. So after spending time in Canberra and also nearly having to be taken to the hospital on the Friday night that we were there, I returned home to some much needed rest, with that being said, I am feeling a lot better today.

So I have spent the last couple of days away from the blog for the above reasons and also that I needed to focus on a little house work before getting back into the swing of crafting and blogging again. So I had a very big day in the house today and it is all back to normal and now it is me time to craft, YAY!

So enough waffle from me, how about I share a card that I created using a Sarah Kay Stamp.

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I started with cream card stock, cut to side, folded in half to form a card and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp I inked it up using the Hero Arts, Soft Sand ink and covered the entire front of the card and set aside. Next, taking some white card stock, I took the Sarah Kay stamp, Spring Blossoms and stamped it onto the card stock, I coloured the image in with my Copics and cut it to size. I took some blue card stock to match the coloured image and adhered both together, once adhered together I took some foam dimensionals and attached them to the back of the card stocks and adhered the coloured image to the front of the card. Lastly, I added a Hero Arts sentiment from the Thank You Sayings set at the bottom of the card.

Here is another view of the card.

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I also wanted to share some Bits and Pieces with you:

Don’t forget to check out what is going on over at Hudson’s blog, lots of exciting things, so be sure to take a peek.

Also wanted to let Australian residents know that Scrapbook Boutique are holding their first ever challenge, so why not enter and check out HERE what you could win!

Why not check out Nichol’s blog she has made some amazing cards and some truly beautiful layouts lately, so pop over there and view them all.

I have been viewing some wonderful creations over at Flickr and just wanted to share some that have really caught my eye:

Check THIS out and THIS Gorgeous from Hannah!!

How about THIS beautiful work from Deborah!!

Love THIS!

So I hope that you enjoy the card that I created today and that the wonderful links give you some inspiration to start creating.

Hugs

JOY

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  • gorgeous image you coloured there, totally love it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a delightful image this is Joy, Perfect colouring in. LOVE IT!!!ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet image, Joy! Love the way you’ve colored her! Scares me when you mention hospital. Glad to know you’re alright! Welcome home….I missed you!ReplyCancel

  • Cute, cute card! Hope you are feeling better Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic colouring, you really work magic with your Copics:-)ReplyCancel

  • Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • wow! gorgeous coloring, Joy! love this beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • What a sensational card, Joy! Wonderful colouring. My 3yo daughter says it’s ‘so beautiful’! :) Found you on Lawn Fawn and happy to say I have 2 sets of LF stamps. Glad I found you! :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so gorgeous Joy! Your colouring is awesome! I hope you are feeling heaps better :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh no! Hope your near trip to the hospital wasn’t too serious, my friend!!! LOVE your coloring on this card- so smooth and blended to perfection! SO SERIOUSLY AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • This is brilliant! Love the look of her jeans, what super coloring you do!ReplyCancel

  • Hi there,
    great card ! Love the colouring. If you like some more Sarah Kay images, you can find an interessting link on my fresh blog
    http://martinaskaartjes.blogspot.com/
    Feel free to leave a comment or become a follower. Have a nice weekend, greetings, Martina
    xReplyCancel

  • HI, just stumbled onto your blog from Jennifer McGuires. How lovely to find an Aussie mixing it with the big girls!!! I love the elegant simplicity of your cards and I will be back often to check things out!! Have a great day!!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So last day of work and I am on holidays for 6 days I cannot wait. Hoping to bring you lots over the next 6 days.

So today’s card I designed for Scrapbook Boutique.

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I started with Kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card and set aside. Next, taking some paper from the Cosmo Cricket 6 x 6 paper pad Material Girl I cut a piece slightly smaller then the front of the card and adhered. Using 2 more pieces of patterned paper from the same pad I stamped the Hero Arts, Make Your Own stamp onto each and cut the dresses of the image out. Using the same stamp I stamped another image onto some Making Memories Ledger Paper and cut down the image. Taking both dress images that were cut previously I adhered both to their corresponding images on the ledger paper. I attached the the ledger paper image to the card using some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I cut a small strip of white card stock and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set and adhered it to the bottom of the card.

Here is another view of the card.

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Another great paper piecing card that allows you to use up some of the scraps that may be lying around.

Don’t forget to check out Hudson’s blog to check out what is going on.

Hugs

JOY

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  • Joy I think this is totally stunning. The pp looks so 1950’s looking on the dresses, so realistic looking. Enjoy your break and do lots of creating.ReplyCancel

  • Such a pretty card Joy! I love those paper pieced dresses – they are gorgeous! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog :) I hope you have a wonderful break from work :)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous, Joy!!! Love this so much, I can’t get enough of this vintage stuff at the moment! Hugs, Vanessa xxReplyCancel

  • Love, love, LOVE those paper pieced dresses! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • I saw this on the scrapbook boutique blog, totally amazing!!!

    I love it, that stamp rocks and love what you did!ReplyCancel

  • Great card, I love this stamp.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Fun card, Joy! Love these ladies with their pretty dresses! Yay. . . your on a 6 day break from work!! Don’t ya just love that?! Enjoy!!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous vintage card, love this design, so colorful! Hope you get to enjoy your vacation, how fun is that?!ReplyCancel

  • you totally rocked this stamp!ReplyCancel

  • Love this! All the colors and layering are fabulous! The photos are perfect btw!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous card! Love the vintage ladies! :)ReplyCancel

  • wow! this is so pretty, Joy!! love their fabulous pieced dresses!!ReplyCancel

  • So fun! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • I had to come back for another look. This is such perfection, Joy. I adore everything about it!ReplyCancel

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.

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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.

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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.

HUDSONS STORY

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.

Hugs

JOY

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  • 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!

    TinaReplyCancel

  • 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!!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x
    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.

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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.

Hugs

JOY

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  • 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,
    MatinaReplyCancel

  • ♥ 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.

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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). When it comes to looking through all my stationery products, I think I will have to say that my Prismacolour pencils are my some of my favourites. Of course, essentials like pens and pencils are up there too, but with these colours, it allows me to be more creative and create products like this card. 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:

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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.

JOY

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  • 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.
    blessings!ReplyCancel

  • 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.

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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.

Hugs

JOY

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