Hi Everyone! Well it is raining here today and it is such a nice day to stay inside and snuggle up in front of the fire.

Before I get into the details of today’s card, I wish to thank everyone for their wonderful sweet comments about my first ever technique video, it was so nice to hear all the encouraging comments and I am so pleased that this video has inspired you to go and give the technique a go. So thank you to you all. :)

So today’s card is a little birthday card that I have made for my friend, one of her friends little girl is turning one.


I started with pink card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using my Cuttlebug, I ran the front of the card through the machine, embossing the front using the Sizzix, Dots and Flowers embossing folders collection, thus using the flowers folder. I then proceeded to cut a die cut using a Spellbinders, Labels 1. Next, I took my Hero Arts, Clouds Background stamp and stamped over the top of the die cut with some Colorbox Ink, Swell, Cape Cod. I then took some white card stock and using the grass stamp from the Hero Arts, Be Happy stamp set I stamped the grass, masking each time I stamped, after I stamped the grass I coloured it in with my Copics and cut out. Next, I adhered the grass to the bottom of the die cut. With another piece of white card stock I stamped Hero Arts, Girl Holding Flowers and coloured her in with my Copics and cut her out, I then adhered her to the die cut with some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added a sentiment from Hero Arts, Cupcakes to the top of the die cut to finish the card.

Here are some more views of the card.



So enjoy the card today and hope you are all having a wonderful day or night depending of what part of the world you are from.




Hi Everyone! So today started out with a knock at my door and a wonderful parcel being delivered to me, I received some goodies that I have been waiting on from Scrapbook Boutique, I always find that it is such a nice way to start the day, brings a smile to ones face.

So I decided to share a video on what I received, but I also have another little share for you and I have created my very first technique video for you all to look at. My camera is very basic so it probably did not capture the technique well, but it is okay. I had so many wonderful comments on the water coloured technique card that I created the other day, that I thought I would share a video showing how I produced it.

This technique I first saw over at Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, Kim Hughes had produced a set of cards using this technique, although slightly different version to mine. I used what I had available to me in my craft room and produced a different spin on the technique.

So sit back and enjoy both videos and don’t forget to leave me some feedback as to how you think I went and if you have any questions then ask away and I will try to answer them as best as I can.

So first up here is the link to the card to jog your memory.

Now for the little haul video.

You can also view these videos and others over on my Youtube channel, so why not go over and leave me a comment over there.

Have a wonderful day and I will catch you all tomorrow with a card.



  • Love the brocade and the tea time Hero arts stamp you got, so pretty:-) lovely haul.. Thanks for sharing..ReplyCancel

  • this is a very cool technique, thankyou for sharing! I have a background stamp I never know what to do with, I think I’ll definitely give this a go as I have some distress inks coming!

    and awesome scrappy goodies! Can’t wait to see what you do with the gorgeous stamps!ReplyCancel

  • Great videos Joy. You did really well and I will be trying out the watercolour look once I decided on a suitable stamp…. maybe I better buy that Starburst!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Great videos, Joy! Looking forward to trying that technique! Great haul too., Can’t wait to see what you create with everything! :)ReplyCancel

  • So fun, Joy! Love the technique video! Well done! Beautiful effect, and so nice to see how you did it! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy, thanks for sharing your watercolor technique. I will have to try that technique. I enjoyed the video and you did a great job. Looking forward to seeing cards made from your new stamps. Keep up the great work. Hugs to you.ReplyCancel

  • Great demonstration video. I now know how you created your card!

    I liked the “haul” video too – wow, what a great haul.ReplyCancel

  • Joan

    Thanks for sharing, Joy. Great technique video and you did it perfectly!!ReplyCancel

  • Love the technique video too, Ill definitely have to try that one!! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Your technique video is AWESOME and left me very inspired! Love seeing all of your loot! I wish we could get together and craft away, my friend! :)ReplyCancel

  • Simply FANTASTIC JOY. Love everything you create!ReplyCancel

  • Love the technique video! Thanks Joy! Wow, love to see your loot too! Looks like you’re going to be having some crafty fun this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Maria

    Thanks for the great technique video Joy! Love the effect it gives. Lots of great stuff in the haul video – have fun with your new goodies!ReplyCancel

  • Great videos! Thanks for the technique tip and the peak at your shopping! Lucky you to have this brad making tool!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome video, Joy! I enjoyed every minute of it–especially seeing your inky fingers! Too cute! I must give this a try…thanks for sharing!
    And another great haul from your mail carrier! Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • This is very cool, you’re definitely enjoying all these videos! I will have to try this technique someday, your card turned out beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • thanks for the video, Joy!! wonderful technique!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing Joy, I was able to use a stamp I never use to make a successful background with this technique.ReplyCancel

  • I love your first Video Joy woow…wonderful result….I will try it one day and will tell you for sure…and nice HAUL video too…woow I am a bit jealous :)) so many pretty stamp at once :)) you are lucky Joy, cause In germany not so easy to get a very new HA stamp…will se your next video again and tfs Joy….see you on my Blog on creativewithmonika.blogspot.com :)ReplyCancel

  • Great first video Joy! Hope you make some more!ReplyCancel

  • What a FAB first technique video, Joy! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Great card and love video. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Byron

    I could tell you were Australian, its so refreshing not to hear an American accent in just about every video lol.ReplyCancel

  • I’m going to try out that watercolor technique – you made it look so easy! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    congratulation for your price. god bless you
    I`m I from Venezuela, I live in my country my email is: jacozaso@hotmail.comReplyCancel

  • Thank you for the video – I gave it a try and my results will be on my blog tomorrow night. It was such fun and so easy.ReplyCancel

  • These Techniques are amazing!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! How is your Wednesday going? I cannot wait to finish work tonight and have two days off work and play in the craft room, with so many goodies that have arrived this week and another box arriving hopefully tomorrow with some more goodies that I will be sharing on another video. Also, if I can manage it, I am hoping to share a technique video for you, this will be my first so could be a little shaky, LOL.

So I wanted to share another card that I designed for Purple Onion Designs, but first I wanted to welcome another designer to the team, if you follow the Hero Arts Flickr group you will know this wonderful, talented and inspiring lady. Her name is Jill Foster, yes you read it right, Jill Foster, I was so happy to see that Michele had asked her to join the team, her work is so incredible and so creative, so congrats Jill and cannot wait to take this venture with you. So why not pop over to Purple Onion Designs and check out what she has created and leave her a sweet message.

Now onto the card that I designed.


I started with kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. I then took a piece of water colour paper, stamped the single stem flower three times, making sure to mask each time I stamped and embossed with American Crafts, Zing, White Embossing powder. Once embossed I took Ranger, Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge and Shabby Shutters and proceeded to layer the colours on heavily over the embossing, hence creating the embossed resist. Once I was happy with the colours I took my Ranger, Mini Mister and spritzed the water colour paper with water until the colours started to run together, and as I am impatient I heat set this with my heat gun. I stamped the sentiment You’re The Best at the top of water coloured paper. I took my scissors and distressed the edges of the water coloured paper and using Ranger, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy I inked the edges of the distressing. Lastly, I added some pearls to match and adhered to the front of the card with some foam dimensionals.

A really fun technique that can be used with so many stamps, especially the fun silhouette designs that Purple Onion Designs have. So why not go and check them out and buy some wonderful stamps to create your own wonderful creations.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, and I will be back tomorrow with another card and possibly a video for you to feast your eyes on.




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.