Hi Everyone! How is everyone’s weekend going? Well after a rocky start to my 5 days off work, today finally has been a good and productive day, the sad thing is, is that my 5 days off is coming to an end as of tomorrow, I will be back at work again on Tuesday, so hoping to make the most of tomorrow.

I have been in the craft room all afternoon, creating cards for my Aunt and Uncle, they put in an order with me when they first arrived and one of those cards I will be sharing with you tonight, they needed a birthday card for their Daughter in Law.

I decided to use some Papertrey Ink stamps to create a monochromatic feel.


I used white card stock for the card. Then using some more white card stock I stamped the Damask Design stamp from the Papertrey Ink stamp set using some Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist ink, using the same ink I inked lightly around the edges of the stamped card stock. Next, I cut some Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist card stock slightly larger then the stamped card stock and adhered both pieces of card stock together using some foam dimensionals, and then onto the card front with more foam dimensionals. With another piece of white card stock I stamped a sentiment from the Papertrey Ink, Through the Trees stamp set and set this aside. Using some more Aqua Mist card stock I punched a strip using the Fiskars, Upper Crest border punch, I adhered each the white sentiment card stock and the punched border strip together and then adhered to the damask stamped card stock. Lastly, I added some rhinestones to either side of the sentiment.

Here is another view of the card.


I very pretty yet elegant and simple card for a loved one.

Have a wonderful night and I will catch you all tomorrow, off to craft again before Underbelly comes on.




Hi Everyone! So I officially started my mini break and today was not a good day, they say things always comes in three’s, well that was the day I had today. First, went to spend the day with my Mum and celebrate my Aunties Birthday and when I went to leave the key to the garage snapped off and half stayed in the lock, so that was the end to going to my Mum’s. The next thing to happen, the DVD player would not open so that I could put a DVD in, so that has now gone on us. Finally, I had to install my old printer onto my new computer and well I spent several hours trying to install new drivers, this finally did happen, but heck what a day, not the start to my mini break I was hoping.

So after a horrible day, I decided to make myself a cheery card that ended up with some Summery colours, although I am not a fan of our Summer here, I do like the colours.


I started with kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Cling Dots I stamped over the front of the kraft card stock using Colorbox Ink, Frost White and set aside to dry. Next, I used a Spellbinders, Label 8 die and cut a die using my Cuttlebug Machine. Using some Stampin Up, Bashful Blue ink I blended the ink over the die cut. Onto some more white card stock I stamped a flower from the Hero Arts, Color Me Flowers three times, I then coloured the images in, making sure that I coloured three different levels of the flower, I cut each of the coloured images out and mounted together with some foam dimensionals. Next, I stamped the stem from the Hero Arts, Big and Small Flowers onto the die cut and coloured it in using my Copics. I added some grass from the Hero Arts, Be Happy stamp set and coloured this also in with my Copics. I added the flower to the top of the stem with some foam dimensionals. I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Huge Hugs stamp set above the grass, for a little added extra I stamped butterfly from the Hero Arts, Good Fortune stamp set and the trail from the Hero Arts, Be Happy stamp set. Lastly, I added some yellow rhinestones to the centre of the flower and under the sentiment and attached the die cut to the front of the card with some foam dimensionals.

Here is more views of the card.



Also a close up view of the flower.


Enjoy this summery card today and I hope that it brings a smile to your face today.



  • I’m sorry your day started out so badly but this card certainly started my day off with a smile. It’s so pretty and cheerful and I love the way you layered the flowers. You are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful, Joy! Love the white dots on the kraft! Your soft, blue distressing is fabulous! And what a gorgeous flower! Love this! I hope the rest of your days off go much better than this one!! At least the end result of your bad day was a pretty card! Hugs!:)ReplyCancel

  • Sorry to hear about your horrible day. :(
    But your card came out adorable! The colors are great and I just LOVE the dimension and layers of the flower!ReplyCancel

  • The most perfect shade of orange on your card Joy! Love it! Makes me smile big with your refreshing scenery! Hope your day gets better for you!ReplyCancel

  • Love your light blue distressing! I really suck at using my inking tool.. Need more practice if I need to get to your level of expert inking:-)

    Love this card! So pretty,.. Your cards always make me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, no! What a rotten start to your break! The good news is that all the bad junk is out of the way now. :) The next 4 days will be *stellar*!

    I love the card ~ You mention that you used Stampin’ up ink to blend the background blue. I didn’t think regular dye inks would blend nicely like that! Did you use the same tool and technique you would use with distress inks, or is there some other trick to make is blend so evenly?ReplyCancel

  • This definitely leaves me with a BIG smile on my face! Such an AWESOME, EYE CATCHING card! I saw it on flickr and just can’t get enough!! :)ReplyCancel

  • awesome flower, and great ‘scene’ you did this beautifuly!ReplyCancel

  • love that flower gorgeousReplyCancel

  • I love this card Joy! It’s so cheerful! I’m sorry your mini-break hasn’t started off well. Hope you have a much better day tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVE it! Hope tomorrow is a better day for you! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • so delightful! love the layered flower! this makes me happy!! =) love it!ReplyCancel

  • Oh no what a bad day! Well you can think of it this way, everything bad happened on the first day of your mini break so no more! What a lovely fun card!ReplyCancel

  • What a day Joy!!! can only hope it got better and you enjoy your mini break. Love your card and as I’ve been away for 3 days going to look back at what you have done…. BTW – your new picture is just lovely.ReplyCancel

  • I am sorry to hear the start of your mini break was tough, I always say things come in 3’s too. Just think that you got it over with at the start now it’s time to enjoy, relax and make cards!! Love this card you made, makes me smile! Enjoy the rest of your break. Hugs, Nat :)ReplyCancel

  • I’m so sorry you had such a bad day Joy! I hope it gets better very soon! This card is wonderful and very cheery. I love all of the colors!ReplyCancel

  • I’m sorry you had such a bad start to your break, Joy! Hopefully it will be so much better from now on. Beautiful card…so fun and happy :) Steph xReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So I back again today to share a card that I have created for my Aunty who is having a birthday tomorrow and I wanted to create a card that had a summery feel to it as we are in the colder months of the year.


I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp I stamped with some Hero Arts, Soft Sand over the front of the card and set aside. Next, I took some more white card stock and stamped the Hero Arts, Engraved Daisy and coloured the flower in with my Copics, once coloured in I cut the image out and added some Copic, Pink Spica to the flower, I adhered the flower to the card with some foam dimensionals. I added some more Copic, Clear Spica to the flourish stamped card, lastly, I added a Hero Arts, Huge Hugs sentiment and some pearls to match and corner rounded the corners of the card.

Here are some more views of the card.



I tried to take a photo to show the Copic Spica.


Well today is my last day of work for 5 days, and I am so looking forward to catching up with family and just relaxing.



  • Oooh, wishing it was summer now. Cold, wet and miserable here today. Love the sparkle on the flower!ReplyCancel

  • that is a beautiful flower, I love how you cut it out!!ReplyCancel

  • Really beautiful Joy! What a sight to behold, I love the dimension and vivid color on the flower!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely gorgeous, Joy! Wow! Love the dimension of your beautifully colored flower! And that Copic Spica is so pretty! Nicely done, my friend! :)ReplyCancel

  • Gosh Joy…..This is just so lovely and vibrant and gorgeous and I’m sure your Aunt will love, love, love it!! Definitely doesn’t have any winter gloominess about it. :)
    Yay to having a good amount of time off. Hope it doesn’t skip by too quickly and you get to day 5 and feel nice and rested and like you’ve had a good break. Can’t wait to see what you create in this time. Hugs, Michey xxxReplyCancel

  • This is just pure gorgeousness! Your trimming is immaculate and I love how dimensional the flower is…..Your aunt will cherish this card!ReplyCancel

  • Exquisite flower Joy !!!! Totally awsum card this one. Happy Birthday to Aunty tomoz from me xoReplyCancel

  • Another stunning card, Joy! Enjoy your time off!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this, Joy! Such a pretty pink! It really pops against the white! Love the little bit of glitter it have to it too.ReplyCancel

  • This card is beautiful!
    I love the coloring and the glitter!
    So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that is so beautiful! I love the coloring on the flower and the pearls are the perfect touch. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • I love the sprakle to this card, Joy! So pretty and vibrant.ReplyCancel

  • Love this bright pink the subtle sparkles are so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Your coloring is super vibrant! Great card!ReplyCancel

  • The flower is stunning! Love the pink and the glitter! Enjoy your 5 days off!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! I love how you give us such clear instructions to make our own…you’re the best!
    bless you,

  • stunning! beautiful daisy!! love the clean design, too!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card! I love the colors and the few pearls you added. Awesome!ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! I have 2 more days of work and then I finally get my mini break of 5 days off, can you tell that I am excited :)

So tonight I have another first birthday card to share with you, my friend asked me to make a few cards for her and this is one of them.


I started with blue card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. I took a white piece of card stock and stamped polka dots using Papertrey Ink, Polka Dot Basics 2 stamp and stamped over the entire white card stock using some Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist ink, I corner rounded the corners of the stamped card stock and set this aside. With another piece of white card stock, I stamped a monster and balloons from the Hero Arts, Monster Fun stamp set and coloured them in with my Copics, once coloured in I cut each image out and adhered to the polka dot background using some foam dimensionals. I added some strings from the balloons to the hand of the monster and added a sentiment from the same stamp set above the monster. Lastly, I added an American Crafts, Black Thicker, 1 to the bottom right hand corner of the polka dot background, then adhered this to the blue card and corner rounded the corners of the card.

Here is another view of the card.


Hope you enjoy tonight’s card and that you also enjoy the rest of your night. I am off to watch Desperate House Wives and Brothers and Sisters.



  • Too cute, Joy! Wonderful coloring!ReplyCancel

  • Adorable card, Joy! Love the bright, fun colors! And your coloring is sooo good! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • what a hoot, love that card and your colouring is always perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Super, super cute Joy!!ReplyCancel

  • This is so cute!! Love it! Hope you enjoy your mini-break!ReplyCancel

  • What a bright and beautiful card! Any little boy would love to receive that. I agree wit the others that your colouring is fab :)ReplyCancel

  • I love this Joy, it’s way too cute. I have to make a 2nd birthday card for my great-nephew and you’ve given me wonderful inspiration.

  • Ohh, wow! This is just beyond adorable!!!ReplyCancel

  • oh so sweet!! :) I love how you added the childs age to the card. such a lovely design!! :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Love this!! so fun! cant wait to see what you make during your 5 day holiday:-)ReplyCancel

  • love the polka dot background and your monster is soooooooo cute!! love how you colored him! super card!!ReplyCancel

  • Super cute card Joy! Goodness! Enjoy your little vacation, hope you have fun and get to relax too!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Well after a much needed sleep and having a wonderful day with my family today I feel a little bit more energised. I also have this weekend off along with only another 3 days left of work next week and I can have a mini break, 5 days off, so this will be a good time for me to try and straighten a few things out in my life…hopefully…LOL.

So I just wanted to share a wonderful card that arrived in the mail to me a couple of days ago, from what I call a truly wonderful friend, Kathy Racoosin.

This card is so beautiful and with Kathy’s signature dot work on this wonderful card who could ask for more, this really made my day when this arrived and placed a big smile across my face.

So thank you my sweet friend Kathy, you are such a beautiful, talented and inspiring friend to have in ones life, thank you for making my day.

Here are some views of my lovely card.




So I hope that your weekend is off to a great start and that someone makes you smile today.



  • isn’t Kathy amazing??? i love her beautiful details! lucky you to get a card from here! thanks for sharing!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Wow that card is so detailed:-) I can imagine your excitement receiving it! its so pretty..ReplyCancel

  • You are so TALENTED!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! I love your cards!!!!!! Stunning Work!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • So fun getting a card from Kathy! I received one the other day too and haven’t posted it yet. Her work is so amazing! Love this flourish one from her! It’s pure perfection! Lucky you, Joy, to own this beauty! :)ReplyCancel

  • Aww…this is so gorgeous! Love all the variations of purple! How sweet and thoughtful of Kathy!ReplyCancel

  • oh wow this is really spectacular!!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, you are so lucky! This card is amazing! Kathy’s dots are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • This card would brighten anyone’s day! Kathy is simply amazing and you are so lucky, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Joy you are way to sweet and give me to much credit. Thanks for taking the time to post this. Everyone will agree that you are the sweetest. Thanks for your friendship!! Hugs,KathyReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! My absence seems to becoming more frequent at the moment, life is one big whirlwind at present. I am hoping to be able to sort somethings out over the next couple of weeks. So if I am away from the blog, please be patient with me, things will return to normal again soon.

So tonight I wanted to share a card that I made for Scrapbook Boutique a few weeks ago, this was my first try at using vellum and embossing onto it. I have seen quite a few talented ladies over at Flickr using this technique and loved it so much I had to give it a try.


I started with bone card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. I took some white card stock and cut a piece slightly smaller then the front of the card, I stamped Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp over the top using some Versamark Ink and embossed with some white embossing powder. I then took some Ranger, Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet and covered the entire embossed card stock, causing an embossed resist look, I set this aside to dry. I took a piece of vellum and stamped the Hero Arts, Large Flower and stamped 2 flowers with some Versamark Ink and embossed the flowers with some American Crafts, Zing, White embossing powder. I cut each flower out and placed a K & Company stitched brad, from the Margo collection through the centre of the flower to hold the two 2 flowers together, I then adhered the flower to the embossed card stock with some foam dimensionals. I cut a small white strip of card stock to form a tag and stamped a Hero Arts, Valentine Sayings sentiment and attached to the embossed card stock, lastly, I added some pink rhinestones to each side of the sentiment and adhered this to the front of the card with some foam dimensionals.

Here is another view of the card.


So I hope enjoy viewing the card and I thank you all for being patient and still continuing to visit my blog, I will endeavor to do regular posts.

Hugs to you all and have a wonderful night.


  • This is the first time I’ve visited your blog and I love this card! Beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • Wow…Joy..love your vellum flower! Stunning!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is a stunning card Joy! I love the velvet red with the embossed vellum. You’ve inspired me to try this. I haven’t stamped on vellum yet, but now I really want to! So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful Flower!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, I love this card! It is so beautiful! Don’t ya just love the Large Flower, stamped on vellum?!! Gorgeous background too! I may have to run and pick up that Victorian Velvet ink! So pretty! And congrats on your fab five win today! WOO HOO!! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • So Pretty Joy!! Love this Gorgeous Card…..ReplyCancel

  • GORGEOUS!! Love that big, big flower, it’s one of my favs to work with, so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • I love the vellum look, its amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    This is just a stunning card. You did such a beautiful job. Thank you for sharing such complete instructions — I just may be able to follow them and make one nearly as pretty as yours! Thanks a bunch.ReplyCancel

  • Janice

    you really do make the most beauiful cards!!ReplyCancel

  • I love it when you share the how-tos for your gorgeous creations. This one is a stunner! I’ve been having fun with the watercolor stamped background from your video.
    bless you friend,

  • That vellum flower is a marvelous handmade embellishment for your card! And you’ve picked out the perfect center, too! BEAUTIFUL, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Love the embossed background and the vellum flower is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • I love vellum embossing! You’ve done a great job – the flower is very pretty. I hope you life settles down again soon!ReplyCancel

  • Love the idea of layering the vellum flowers!ReplyCancel

  • Wow- this is just fabulous Joy- your flower is absolutely gorgeous!! Hope life gets back to normal for you again real soon.ReplyCancel

  • beautiful vellum flower! gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • Joy this card is simply gorgeous, what a beautiful flower!ReplyCancel

  • This card is absolutely “sublime” !!! I would nearly go as far as saying it is the most stunning one I have seen of yours. (and you know I speak the truth). There is something about the linear direction of the flower that draws you in to focus on all the other intricate details. And you’ve sworn at me also, lol You know that L word. Cuts me everytime…Mwa xoReplyCancel

  • I just love this one: absolutely stunning and beautiful!. Gonna try this technique too. I have another HA background stamp that would also work… I think, I hope!ReplyCancel