Hi Everyone! Hope you have all had a wonderful day, mine has been a very tiring one, I finished work at 10pm last night, fell asleep at 2am and had to be back at work at 6am, to say the least I am exhausted. So today’s post is going to be a short on I am afraid.

This week is week 3 of my guest blogging position with A2Z Scrapbooking Supplies, I am really enjoying creating cards for this wonderful company.

Today’s card I was able to have fun with one of my favourite techniques, emboss resist, I used this stamp to create that effect.


To see how I created the card and what other products that I used to create this, please check out A2Z Scrapbooking Supplies Blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day.

I am off to do a little more resting, LOL.



Hi Everyone! So sad day today, I have to go back to work today…boo! LOL, anyways I have had a nice break and suppose it could not last forever, even though I would wish that.

Today I want to share 1 of 2 birthday cards that I created for my beautiful Nephew, he will be turning 11 on Saturday, I have to say that time just flies by way too quickly these days, it only seemed like yesterday that he was born.

The first of 2 cards that I created was one I created for my Mum to give to him and this was the perfect opportunity to break out the stamp set that I won from Jane Beljo, her new stamp line is truly wonderful, the quality and the designs are truly top quality, I cannot wait for Jane to produce more of these wonderful stamps, the stamps have been created from her well known Jane’s Doodles digital designs


I cut blue card stock to form a card and using the polka dots in this set, I inked it up with Versamark Ink and stamped the entire front of the card and embossed it using clear embossing powder. Next, I cut a Spellbinders, Label 8 die and stamped the 3 tier cake from the set onto some scratch white card stock and also onto the die cut. I coloured the cake in that was on the scratch white card stock and cut out, adding Glossy Accents to the icing on the cake. Once the Glossy Accents was dry, I attached the cake to the one that was stamped onto the die cut using foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added the sentiment Happy Birthday also from the same stamp set and adhered the die cut to the card front.

Here is another view of the card, so you can see the Glossy Accents.


I loved using Jane’s stamps and I cannot wait to get the rest of the stamp set inked up. So thank you Jane for giving me this stamp set, I love it.

Well need to go and get some breakfast.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, think of me as I return to work…LOL.


  • What a great cake! makes me want dessert.ReplyCancel

  • love the glossy icing!ReplyCancel

  • So cute! Love the frosting – makes me want cake now! Hope your day back at work flies by! Holidays are never long enough! :)ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait to get hold of these stamps! Great card Joy.ReplyCancel

  • WOW – stunning – love the blue icing… great card for a boy.ReplyCancel

  • Love the wonderful coloring on the cake, Joy! Adorable card! Hope your first day back goes well! :)ReplyCancel

  • Great card, Joy! Love Jane’s cake image and your blue icing, too!ReplyCancel

  • This is the 3rd time I have posted this comment…someone or thing does not like me today!

    Joy this is a great card – love the colours and simplicity for a boy. Can’t wait to get my set.ReplyCancel

  • That was so weird – the background you have used for your photo today looks JUST like the one that Lucy Abrahms uses – and I was sitting there reading it going ‘oh she’s changed her writing style and font, okay’, then I read your signature and went ‘wait, what?!’ and scrolled back up. derrr. hehe :)

    Oh, and great card btw, I love Jane’s designs too!ReplyCancel

  • Love your card! Love the glossy accents on the cake. I hope your day back at work goes well.ReplyCancel

  • Love this birthday card, Joy! The cake is so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Love this!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely love your card! Actually, I love all your cards! Your coloring is amazing! So simple, but you always hit it right on! I know what you mean about work. It just gets in the way of my day! I need to play the lottery. :)
    So CalifReplyCancel

  • Wonderful card, Joy! Great colors! Love Jane’s stamps!ReplyCancel

  • Simply adorable! I love the little extra something that the glossy accents adds. :)ReplyCancel

  • This looks so yummy!! Love this, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • love the blue icing! lovely simple card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, love your card. Just beautiful.ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So this is my last day of holidays..very sad, but I suppose I need to go back and earn money yet again…like us all.

Today as the title of the blog post says, I am featured over at Two Peas in a Bucket as a guest blogger. I cannot tell you how excited and to be honest really caught off guard when Jamie contacted me and invited me to be featured, this is a real honour.

Jamie asked me to create something for the current holidays, so I decided to create another Halloween card, using this cutie of a set:



To view the card and the products that I used to create this cutie, take a wander over to Two Peas and check it out. Don’t forget there are lots of challenges that are going on over there to for you to enter and have fun.

Well I am off to start my day and I think I really need to do some cleaning, but I will sneak in some crafting as well.


  • I adore this card, Joy! LOVE the background color with the grid and your monster is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Congratulations on being the guest blogger at Two Peas!! That is so awesome Joy and you so deserve it! I’m gonna go and check it out now! Your card is soooo cute – love the colours and design :)ReplyCancel

  • Cute card Joy. Congratulations. Heading over at 2 Pea’s now :)ReplyCancel

  • FANTASTIC Joy,… congrats, Great card and great blog post over at 2 peas.ReplyCancel

  • LOVE the card Joy! Congratulations on be featured at Two Peas.ReplyCancel

  • How cute is this card! and I LOVE the colours you have used!ReplyCancel

  • Adorable card Joy! I love that little guy!ReplyCancel

  • That is a really cute stamp set. Your card is great. I need to invest in stamps for kids and guys. Thanks for the great ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Joy, it’s truely an honour to be a guest blogger at Two Peas, thats where i get most of of my scrapbooking stuff:-)

    Love the card you created Joy, super fun!ReplyCancel

  • congratulations ! pretty card, have fun
    greetings, martina

  • LOVE this cute card! And huge congrats at guest blogging at Two Peas! So happy for ya!ReplyCancel

  • Wooo Hooooo Joy this is huge and so well deserved!!!!! I tried to go there and couldn’t find your post?link. The link you provided I didn’t see your post. Your card is awesome and so happy and bright. Doing the happy dance for you.Hugs,KathyReplyCancel

  • congrats on your guest blogger spot! your card just makes me smile, Joy! i adore your style and really like you work. you ROCK, girl!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So today I bring you another DT card that I created for Jay Gee’s Nook, this time using A Muse stamps.

I wanted this card to be a really quick and easy card to create when you are running out of time to create those Christmas cards to be sent, by using just 2 stamps from the A Muse collection I was able to achieve that particular look.

Using white card stock as the card and taking the Cardinal Silhouette stamp, I stamped the image straight onto the card using Memento Black Ink, cleaning the stamp off and stamping it again onto some scratch white card stock using Colorbox Ink, Magenta ink, once dry, cut the image of the bird out and attach it to the bird on the card front using foam dimensionals. At the base of the card I added some scoring lines using my Score Pal and in between the score lines I stamped a holiday sentiment from A Muse collection adding rhinestones to match either side of the sentiment. Feeling as though the card needed a little extra I took some Pink Sorbet twine and and tied this above the top score line. Lastly, added some colour to the berries on the branch using my Copic and some Glossy Accents over the top.

So what could be a more simple design to get those last minute Christmas cards sent out.

Remember to check out the blog for more beautiful cards to feast your eyes on from the other DT members and also the website as there is always more products being listed.

Well I am off to do more crafting! Have a great day!



Hi Everyone! So it has been a day for inside today, with torrential rain at times and with now over 5 inches of rain, flooding in our part of the world has begun, roads cut, towns isolated, and the rivers that could bust their banks at any stage, it has been quite an interesting day with more to come.

Anyway enough of my babble, tonight before I share my card with you, I wish to send out some very big Thank You’s. As most of you know, I have been hostessing for Hero Arts for the last 3 months and our time has come to an end, although I am sad about this ending I am also happy as I have met the most amazing people and have had the best time, it has been a truly honouring experience, I cannot thank Hero Arts enough for bestowing such a position on me, I have loved every moment of my time. I also wish to thank Tami Hartley, for being the most supportive, encouraging and wonderful friend, she has been an amazing lady all through my term with Hero Arts. The other big Thank You that I wish to send out is to my fellow Hostess Sisters, Barb, Robin, Nancy, Kryssi and Jenny, to you all thank you for allowing me to take this wonderful journey with you all, you have become true friends and ones that are talented, inspiring and so creative and I have enjoyed sharing this experience with you all, I look forward to staying in touch and sharing more experiences with you. Sending thank you’s and very big hugs to you all!

Now onto sharing my POD card with you tonight.


This is one of my favourite stamps from Purple Onion Designs and I have used it in my creations quite a bit, using distress inks, Wild Honey, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge and Shabby shutters I inked the flower up and stamped the different colours inside the postage stamp, stamp, cutting each of the images out, only leaving the black outline around the edge. I wanted to soften the images, so using Antique Linen I blended over the top and mounted the 3 images onto a white card. Lastly, adding a sentiment along the bottom, stamping it also 3 times and adding black rhinestones between each sentiment.

Well enjoy tonight’s read I am off to play a little bit more in the craft room.


  • I love this Joy. The colors are gorgeous, and the design is so simple and elegant!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! Hope you stay dry! Thinking of you.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    What a beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Well said, my friend! I feel the same way about you! Love your sweet card! Beautiful colors and fun design! Be careful now, with all that rain! Love and hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy!
    Rainy days are always perfect for crafting! However, I sure hope the rain doesn’t get too out of hand for you guys! Keep us posted. Hope all is well. :)ReplyCancel

  • Glad you’re surviving the rain! LOVE the way you used this image here. Those little tiles of color are so pretty! I wish I had pictures like that hanging in my craft room!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love it. Simple and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card, Joy and you were a wonderfull hostess! Enjoyed seeing your work of art. :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy, what a beuatiful card. Congrats to you on a wonderful hostess term. Your comments, encouragement and daily “chat” were great and it was lovely getting to know you a little better.

    Hugs to you, DeirdreReplyCancel

  • Love this card, Joy….it is CAS perfection! Thanks right back at ya….I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to share the hostess experience with you and Barb, Robin, Jenny and Kryssi. It’s a very special group, I’m grateful to be among such talented women!
    Praying for an end to the rains and that you stay nice and dry!

  • Wonderful simple design!ReplyCancel

  • Hope the rain has eased Joy, and your house is OK.ReplyCancel

  • Joy – a BIG THANKS to you for being such a neat hostess. You have been a great ambassador for the company, – so inspirational to so many of us. Sounds like you are having a great holiday despite the rain. Hope it improves.ReplyCancel

  • I love this! It’s so striking.ReplyCancel

  • Love the card Joy!ReplyCancel

  • fabulous Joy!! You have certainly put your wet weather time to good use! hope the rain eases up soon, but not before you get more crafting time-lol!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous as always wow I love your work!!!!ReplyCancel

  • another fab card! you’ve been a great hero hostess!ReplyCancel

  • sigh… simply beautiful, Joy!! love love love this! amazing card! have a wonderful Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • This is so beautiful Joy! I’m glad you have survived the rain – its a great way to stay in the craft room and create! :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Hope your day was great! Darryl and I had a great day out together, shopping and lunching together it was just what I needed, and as a surprise to me he gave me some money to go and spend at one of my favourite shops, so all in all it was a great day.

So today is kinda sad as it is the conclusion on Robin, Vera and myself Pairing Up Challenge, it has been really fun and challenging to create something inspired by and I hope to be able to run this challenge again, maybe next year when all the festivities are all over with.

To conclude our last day, it was my day to choose a card from Vera’s amazing photostream and I have to say it was really hard, as all of her work is just so darn beautiful, but this is the card that I chose:

Kind Words

The use of all the different stamps together was just so beautiful, I found it really hard to come up with something to tell you the truth, all the soft tones that Vera managed to create in her card were so stunning. Even though I was not able to create the subtle hues, but the stamps were so eye catching that I went with that technique.


Using watercolour paper and the Hero Arts, Wildflower Garden I inked it up using Ranger, Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet, spritzed with water and stamped directly onto the paper, then taking Ranger, Distress Ink, Peeled Paint and following the same steps again to create two distinct colours. Next, taking more watercolour paper and the Hero Arts, Graph Background stamp, I inked it with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass and using the exact same technique again, stamped it onto the paper, once this was dry, I took the Hero Arts, Anytime Messages and stamped a sentiment onto the graph paper. Taking the main image, I used Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and blended the ink over the entire images to soften, then distressing the edges of the paper I took more of the same ink along with Ranger, Distress Ink, Vintage Photo I applied ink to the distressed edges. I adhered the strip of graph paper to the image and then attached to the card using foam dimensionals, lastly, I added some pearls and punched butterflies to the image to finish the card.

Here is what I used to create the card:

I hope you enjoy viewing the card and don’t forget to check out Vera and Robin’s take on the card.

So I just wanted to send a very big thank you to both Robin and Vera for joining me in this challenge, these girls are amazing and talented ladies, who I have been honoured to participate in this challenge with them.

The next thing that I need to say is a great big thank you to all the wonderful girls that put their names down to participate in this challenge and who have participated, you have all been so amazing and even though I may have not had the time to view all of your creations, blogs or comment, I really have tried to view them all and I apologise if I have missed you beautiful creations. I just wanted to share my thank you with you all from the bottom of my heart for participating. I hope you have all had fun creating and challenging yourselves. Thank You!

Well I am off to view the other girls cards, have a great night!


  • Gorgeous card! I love the color combination.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful cards and I just bought the wildflower garden stamp. Thanks for some great inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is so gorgeous! I love your take on my card. You’re so talented! Thank you for this fun challenge. You totally ROCK!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, this is so gorgeous!! I love your take on Vera’s card. FAB!ReplyCancel

  • Drooling over this marvelous creation, Joy! Utterly fantastic! Love the beautiful colors!ReplyCancel

  • Great cards Joy – love the colors!!ReplyCancel

  • That is one gorgeous design, Joy! Beautiful colors and the grid pattern on the sentiment is so creative. I’ve really enjoyed your pairing with Robin and Vera, truly amazing inspiration from the 3 of you!
    sweet blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Great card, as always! Sounds like that Darryl is a real keeper.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Love the twin colour stamping, exciting colour combo, dont think I’ve seen it before, Love this!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning! Love the use of the two colors.ReplyCancel

  • Love your take on Vera’s card, Joy! Such beautiful, soft colors!ReplyCancel

  • Gosh Joy……your card is stunning!! I love that sentiment!! The colours are divine – you never cease to amaze with your talent. Vera’s card is quite beautiful too. xxxReplyCancel

  • Beautiful mix of gentle colors on both cards, love it Joy! I can tell you guys had a lot of fun with your challenge!ReplyCancel

  • so pretty! wonderful take on Vera’s card. love the colors you used.ReplyCancel

  • Great card! I really like your color combination and how you distressed the edges.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love this card Joy!! The colours are stunning – you are sooo talented! :)ReplyCancel