Hello Everyone! Again, I need to apologise for my absence, still trying to get over this rotten infection and trying to get my house back into living conditions again, also with just general life, it has just been a little busy this week to be able to sit and create and blog, so I aplogise.

Today I have made a card that uses paper piecing, I wanted to enter this flower card into the Moxie Fab World competition but ran out of time to put it together, so I thought that I would share it with you today. I have to also thank Cath Edvalson for the shout out on her blog for my little tree card that I entered into the Moxie Fab World, Picking Up Pieces competition, and to thank everyone that has left a comment on my blog congratulating me. Lastly, Congratulations to all the winners of the competition, you work was so creative and beautiful.

So onto today’s card, I started with a white card, cut to size and folded in half and set aside, I then cut a pink and cream piece of card stock slightly smaller then the card, I distressed each of the sides of the card stock with my scissors and then took my Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and blended over the edges of the cream card stock. I then took paper from the My Minds Eye, Quite Contrary Collection and stamped Hero Arts, Big Flowers Pattern, Flower onto 3 different pattern papers from the collection, I also stamped leaves from the same stamp set onto some patterned paper from the same collection, I cut each of the leaves and flowers out, making sure to cut one flower smaller then the other, I added some Glossy Accents to the largest flower, once this was dry I used foam dimensionals to add height between each flower and added a button to the centre of the flower. The flower was assembled and using some Ranger, Distress ink, Victorian Velvet I added some blending to the outer edges of the flower and set aside to dry. I then cut a strip of green card stock to form a stem and used some Ranger, Distress Ink, Forest Moss to change the colour to a deeper green, I also added the same ink to the leaves. I assembled the flower onto the cream card stock using some foam dimensionals and added the stem and leaves also. I added a sentiment to the bottom of the cream card stock using Hero Arts, Thoughtful Messages stamp set, stamped with some Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Antique Pewter. I adhered both cream and pink card stocks to the white card and then felt that the card was missing something so I added some stamping to form a background using, Hero Arts, Be Happy, Bee Trail stamping it with some Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Dusty Plum and lastly, adding some pearls to finish the card.

Here is another view of the card.

I hope you enjoy today’s card and that you find some inspiration to try out the technique using paper piecing, it really is a lot of fun and gives your card another aspect.

Have a great Thursday and I will hopefully catch you all tomorrow!

Don’t forget that you can ask me anything, just check out my side bar for Formspring and ask away, well within reason……..LOL.

Have fun!


  • This card really is a work of art, Joy! I love everything about it! From the flower, to the distressed edges to those fabulous little swirls you created with the Bee trail stamp! Such creativity! Love your work, and so good to see it again!! Missed you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy!! I am sorry you are still struggling with that infection! But I am glad to see this amazing creation! Your card is gorgeous! I hope one day I’ll own a Joy original- your work is fab!!


  • Wow, that’s really cool and very pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Great card – love everything about it. Hope you are feeling better soon!ReplyCancel

  • Sorry to hear you are still not feeling the best!
    You have created a wonderful flower and card!

    Love how you place pearls on your card.ReplyCancel

  • So sorry to hear you are still not perfect. Hope you will be on the mend soon. This card is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous colors and dimension on this, wow! Love the bits of glossy accents to this flower too!ReplyCancel

  • This card is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on being featured in HA Twitter. This flower does speak volumnes!ReplyCancel

  • Love this card!
    I absolutely love all the colors and the great dimension! Great job! :)ReplyCancel

  • Delightful card, Joy! I found it on Twitter, yippee! I pray you will be fully recovered soon, I’m thinking of you and praying for you.

  • Joy! This is sooo cute and perfectly pieced! I am so impressed! Congrats on the HA tweet!!!! VERY well-deserved!ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! Are we enjoying Monday? I went back to work today for the first time after having a week off sick, I must say that I did struggle at the end to keep going, hopefully a good nights sleep tonight may help me tomorrow, fingers crossed anyway.

So I made a card last night, trying to get back into the swing of things again and decided to use one of my new stamps that I got in my little scrapbook haul the other day and make another Mothers Day card.

I started with a bone coloured card stock cut to size and folded in half and ran the front of the card through my Cuttlebug Machine, embossing it with the Cuttlebug, Jamara embossing folder, I then set this aside. I took a piece of white card stock and cut a Spellbinders, Label 8 die out , then took my Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and blended over the top of the die, making sure to cover the whole die, also adding extra to the sides. Once this had a little time to dry I took the Hero Arts, Old Letter Writing and stamped over the top of the blended die cut with Hero Arts, Soft Sand shadow ink making sure I covered the entire die cut. I set this aside and proceeded to stamp a Hero Arts, Hydrangea onto some white card stock, I then coloured the stamped image in with my Copics, until I was satisfied with the end result (see photo below for Copics used). Once the image was coloured I cut the image out and added some foam dimensionals under the flower, then attatched it to the die cut. I then added a sentiment from Papertrey Ink, Signature Greetings stamp set which was stamped with Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Antique Pewter. I adhered the die cut onto the card with some foam dimensionals and lastly, I added some pink pearls to the die cut to finish the card.

Here is more views of the card.

Here is the photo of Copics used.

I think that today’s card turned out quite pretty and I think that my Mum will be receiving this card, I am sure she will love it.

Have a great night everyone and I will see you all tomorrow.


  • Hi Joy! Love your hydrangea card…your Mum will, too!
    Beautiful coloring and I love all the layering!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy I am so glad that you are feeling so much better. I can sympathize with you ;) at the moment. Your card is a stunner, I bet your mum will adore this wonderful card xoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Your card is beautiful. That hydrangea stamp is gorgeous. Your mum will love it.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful, Joy! You are definitely back with this card! Wow!! Love the embossed background! Gorgeous coloring on the ….. hydrangea!! ;) So nice to see your cards again!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty and the embossed background is very elegant!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty! A whole week off you must have been quite sick, glad to hear your feeling so much better!ReplyCancel

  • This is sooo gorgeous, fabulous background design! Love it! Hope you are well on the way to mending and enjoying the week! Big hugs!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Well after a weeks absence from sickness, I ventured into the craft room last night and started to create again, although finding a little hard to find my feet, but I am sure that by then end of the week I will have that mojo back.

So today’s card I broke out my Papertrey Ink stamps again, I started with white card stock for the card, folded in half and set aside. I then cut a piece of Papertrey Ink, Raspberry Fizz card stock slightly smaller then the card front. I stamped a leaf from the Papertrey Ink, Turning a New Leaf with Versamark Ink in different directions on the raspberry fizz card stock, making sure that all the card stock was covered to form a background image. I heat set the Versamark Ink and then with Papertrey Ink, Big & Bold Wishes, I stamped a sentiment and the matching flourish with black ink over the top of the leaf background. Lastly, I added some pink rhinestones to the end of the sentiment to finish the card.

Here is another view of the card.

Also I have a little share for you today, this photo was taken quite a few months ago, one of the very first pieces of furniture that Darryl built me for my craft room. However, some things in this photo have changed a little bit, hence more stamps and more products underneath and a new trimmer. Just thought that I would give you a little sneak peek into what I am hoping to have more photos uploaded for you to have a look at in the next coming weeks, my room just needs a little tweaking and a little cleaning and straightening and I will take some before shots then once I have holidays at the end of September and I paint my room out, I will have the after shots for you.

I hope you like what you see today and that this little inspiration that both myself and Darryl have created, spurs you on for bigger and better things.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I am heading back to work tomorrow, so wish me luck in not having a coughing fit whilst I am at work.

Hugs for now!


  • Hi Joy, I am glad that you are starting to feel better.

    I have just found your blog and love your work!

  • How lovely to have all your supplies in easy reach like that. Lucky you! I love the Raspberry colour in your card.ReplyCancel

  • Boy oh boy, that raspberry fizz card stock is an amazing color! I love that card, Joy! Is Darryl awesome or what!!? That piece of furniture that he built for your desk is fantastic!! It’s just so perfect for all those tools, inks, etc that you use all the time! Right at arms reach!! Fabulous….you lucky girl!ReplyCancel

  • Love the Red and Black Card Joy….and you organized desk….I;m so Envious…mine is such a MESS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • WOW! What a great place to sit down and create! And…Love your card! TFS! (Glad you are feeling better too!)ReplyCancel

  • Such a bold color combo, so pretty! I’ve loved that leaf stamp for awhile now from PTI and have wanted it, but just haven’t bought it yet!ReplyCancel

  • I truly have a very green heart right now……what a fantastic creation for your craft room. He’s very good to you isn’t he!!

    And if this is what you can create when you Mojo is AWOL, then heck, girl, you’ve nothing to worry ’bout!! I love it. Bold and bright and totally gorgeous!!
    Glad you are on the mend. xxReplyCancel

  • Twinky

    Welcome back to card making!! Your cards are really superb.ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! Sorry I have been MIA the last week, I have been incredibly sick with tonsillitis and flu, I am still recovering, but am feeling a lot better, still coughing and spluttering but nothing compared to what I have been like during the week. So my apologies for the absence.

I don’t have a card for you today but I do have some photos of a small scrapbook haul and a new item that entered my craft room about an hour ago.

As you can see from the photo I purchased all of the new Tim Holtz Distress Inks, some Hero Arts stamps, I also purchased some Copic blending card stock, which I am loving. You can purchase all these items through Scrapbook Boutique. Evelyn and Chris are wonderful and very helpful people.

The second photo for today, is something that my partner Darryl has hand built for my room. I have noticed on quite a few blogs lately that everyone is buying the Copic Cubbies, I new that at this stage we are not able to buy them here is Australia so I took a print out from the net to him to see what he could come up with and well, here it is. I love it and a lot of room to put more Copics, as you can see I am still a long way off a good collection of them………LOL.

I am so lucky that I have a very talented partner that can build me all of my furniture to suit my needs in my craft room, he is truly a wonderful guy.

I wanted to also share with you today some bits and pieces that I have found on the net:

Check this out.………Donna what a beautiful take on Jill’s card, loving it.

Also a very big Congratulations to Vanessa for her first Publication……….Check it out……..Oh and Vanessa you do crack me up girl, you made me smile and giggle today, which was what I needed.

How about This for a paper creation. WOW!

That is about all for today, I am hoping that I will be able to get the creative juices flowing tomorrow to be able to bring you a long awaited card.

Stay tuned for tomorrow and thanks everyone for you patience.

Have a great night all!



  • I’m almost ashamed to say I’m totally jealous!! I’ve just added to my distress inks collection and now have 5!! I love them for distressing edges and they blend so well!! And I love the stand your partner has built for you!! It’s fantastic and has plenty of room for your ever growing collection of markers.
    I have a three of the Eldon X Cube’s from OfficeWorks for my storage and they have worked great up to now….but as my Copic collection has just reached 200, and OW no longer stocks these cubes….I’m going to need to think about a new method of storing them.
    Enjoy playing with your new lovely things. xxReplyCancel

  • Oooohhhh… you are very lucky to have such a clever partner. I love it when my supplies are organised nicely like that. You’ve got lots of rooms for lots more markers too! Enjoy playing with your new goodies tonight.ReplyCancel

  • I’m glad you’re feeling better, Joy! And wow, what a wonderful piece of shopping! And crafting! This is all great!ReplyCancel

  • Thats so awesome, you are one lucky lady!! I love organizing and this is a great setup :)

    Come check out the sponsored challenge I just posted on my blog… hope you will come play! :) Have a great weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • Such a fun post, Joy! I love the piece that Darryl built for you. It is just perfect! And so many wonderful items you purchased. I can’t wait to see what you create, especially with the Dogwood! You are going to love the Cling Flower Box stamp! It’s one of my faves. So glad you are feeling better, girl! ~Hugs~ :)ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing haul Joy!!! I too had t subcumb and buy all the new colours of TH inks too….LOVE them!!! LOVE the stamps you picked up too…most of my faves! Looking forward to seeing your newly created cards :)
    WOW…you are one lucky ckic to have a hubby to build items for your scrap room…the Copic cubie looks amazing…now you just NEED to fill it up!!!ReplyCancel

  • So glad to hear you are feeling better now! Yay! What a wonderful amount of new goodies you have there especially the TH inks! Wow! And it looks like your copic collection is coming along nicely!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! I’m backtracking your blog! What a fantastic Copic holder you have! I’m sure it will be filled in no time! Thanks for giving peeps to my card! Take care….ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! How is your Easter Monday going, I am happy because I have the day off today from work after a very hectic weekend. I do hope that you have all enjoyed your Easter and are now relaxing.

I made 2 cards the other night in preparation for blog posts, so that if I did not have time I had a card up my sleeve to post about. I was also super organised and typed up the post to go with it as well, just in case.

I started with white card stock, folded in half and set aside. I took a piece of paper from the Making Memories, Ledger Paper Pad and stamped Hero Arts, Friend Definition Cling background stamp with Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Antique Pewter, once dry I took Hero Arts, Antique Engravings stamp set and stamped 3 butterflies onto the paper, I coloured the middle butterfly in with my Copics, I also stamped another large butterfly onto some scratch white card stock and coloured it in and cut out the image, I set this aside. While thinking about how I would approach the aesthetic of this project, I made some mood boards and looked at English antiques to help me understand the look better. After all the theorising, I decided to paper pierce around the edge of the paper for added interest, once I had finished paper piercing I took my Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and blended around the edges to give it a vintage appeal. I then adhered the butterfly that I had cut out of card stock and attached it to the middle butterfly on the paper. Whilst this was drying I took to strips of blue card stock and punched a border with my Fiskars, Scalloped Scallop border punch, cut them to size and attached to the piece of ledger paper, I distressed the edges of the scallops with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen to match the paper and added foam dimensionals under the paper and attached to the card front. Lastly, I added some rhinestones to the centre of the butterfly that had been coloured in.

Here are a couple of more photos of the card.

Don’t forget that I am now on Twitter, so you can follow me there and also I have a Formspring account that you can ask me questions, just check out the side bar of my blog.

Have a wonderful day!



  • This is stunning! I love the colorsReplyCancel

  • BEAUTIFUL, joy!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is SUCH a beauty! Congrats on the HA tweet!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! Just love how you have the subtle and warm colors in your background, and then the spark and boldness of your butterfly right in the middle, so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • What a terrific card! I really like the colors and texture. The HA Friend Definition stamp is one of my favorites. As far as posting your photo – I think it is nice to have a picture to go along with the blog. It gives it a more personal touch. (But I can understand not liking photos of yourself – I’ve yet so see one of me that I really like!! LOL)ReplyCancel

  • Star

    I love all your butterfly cards which is kinda surprizing because I am not really into butterflies but I might have to give this one a try I love the color combo.ReplyCancel

  • Gosh Joy….this is pure loveliness!! Simple and lovely, letting the flutterbys carry all the glory. I love it. xxReplyCancel

  • WOWEE!! Gorgeous!!
    Sorry you have been feeling so lousy! Having tonsilitis is NO fun. Take it easy and gargle salt water-it helps! :)

Hi Everyone! I hope that you have all enjoyed your Easter weekend, mine has been chaotic and very hectic, I have had to work all weekend, but finally tomorrow I get to spend the day with Darryl and Roly, YAY! I also think that hopefully I will be doing some much needed therapeutic crafting as well.

Today’s card I made a couple of nights ago, I started with white card stock for the card and folded in half and set aside. I then took some Papertrey Ink, Sweet Blush card stock and with Papertrey Ink, Sweet Blush ink I stamped polka dots from the Papertrey Ink, Polka Dots Basic 2 stamp set over the card stock, I set this aside to dry and then with brown card stock I stamped the Hero Arts, Flourish Background cling stamp with some Colorbox Ink, Frost White ink over the top of the brown card stock, I then heat set it to dry quicker. Using my white gel pen I added dots to parts of the flourish background. Next I adhered the 2 pieces of brown and pink card stock with a small strip of scrap card stock to the back, then added some Martha Stewart, White Twill Tape to hold each card stock together. I added foam dimensionals under the pieces of card stock and attatched to the front of the card.

On a piece of white card stock I stamped a flower from Hero Arts, Color Me Flowers stamp set, 2 times and coloured the images in with my Copics, once I was happy with the end result I cut the flowers out making sure that I had one big flower and one small flower, I then placed a My Minds Eye, Pearl Brad from the Lush Collection through the centre of the flower to hold them together, I added foam dimensionals under the flower and attatched it to the White Twill Tape. Next I added a sentiment to the bottom of the pink card stock from the Hero Arts, Essential Messages stamp set stamped with some Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Anitque Pewter. Lastly, I added some pink pearls to the card to finish it off.

I hope you like the card today.

Here is another view of the card.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter Weekend and if you are only now just celebrating Easter Sunday, I do hope that it is filled with many happy memories. Have a great night everyone and I will catch you all again tomorrow.

Hugs for now and Happy Easter! Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you all.