Hi Everyone! Yes I know, long time no see again, work the last couple of days has been incredibly busy and just too hard to craft when you are absolutely knackered..LOL.

Anyways, I am back to share another Christmas card for you to feast your eyes on. I decided to give Jennifer McGuire’s watercolour technique using distress inks a go.


Using the Hero Arts, Hanging Trees stamp set, I inked the stamp up using Versamark Ink and stamping it onto some watercolour paper, embossing it with black embossing powder. Next, using my craft sheet and some distress ink, Peeled Paint, I stamped the ink pad directly to the craft sheet and spritzing the ink with water, taking a paint brush and painting the trees, applying ink until I was happy with the end result. Once the trees were dry, I cut each of them out and set aside. Using some Basic Grey patterned paper I stamped the Hero Arts, Starry Sky that was inked with distress ink, Antique Linen to the paper, applying distress ink, Vintage Photo to the edges of the patterned paper. Taking white card stock, I tore along one side to form and edge that resembled snow, adding light touch of vintage photo to the torn edge, then adhering this to the patterned paper. Next, attaching the trees to the top of the white card stock using foam dimensionals, adding some gemstones to the trees for added interest. Lastly, I took a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Get Merry stamp set and adhering the paper to green card stock that was trimmed to form a card.

Here is another view of the card.


Here are the products used to create this card.

Enjoy viewing the card, I promise that I will return tomorrow to share the start of the gift line that I am creating for the girls in our family for Christmas.

Have a great night everyone!



Hi Everyone! It is Monday again, the weekend just goes too quickly these days, how was everyone else’s weekend? For one I really hope that this week goes quickly also..LOL

Tonight I wish to share with you some tags that I have created for Christmas, using some of my favourite Hero Arts stamps.


Using some Kraft card stock I cut some tags out, I also cut green, blue, pink and white card stock to form the base for the images to sit on. Using the Hero Arts stamps, Music Background, Magical Background and Friend Definition Background stamps, I inked each individual stamps with Colorbox Ink, Frost White and stamped over the Kraft tags to form background stamping. Next, adding each of the coloured card stocks to the tags and also the Hero Arts sentiments. Each individual tag, I wanted to create a visual appeal and one that could be used as a small gift to the recipient also. Stamping different Hero Arts images, Classic Holly, Magical Background, Flourish Background, Hanging Trees, and Holiday Sayings to form the focal point of each tag. Using other Hero Arts and Ranger products such as ink, gems, distress ink and glossy accents to complete the images, lastly, adhering each of the circles to the coloured card stocks and string through the tops of the tags to complete each one.

I hope that this gives you some ideas to start making some Christmas tags that can also be used as a small gift to your loved ones.

Before I leave you tonight, I wish to share some photos with you, the first one is a photo that my friend that came to visit took when I took here to the airport (as you can see, me without makeup and looking a little tired, but happy that I was able to spend that time with her too…LOL).


Next, thought it was time to share some more photos of our boy Roly, the first one is of him feeling rather warm today and having to lay on the tiles to the entry of our bathroom, toilet and laundry..LOL, poor boy, not sure how he is going to cope when it does become really hot, LOL, probably like his Mumma, under the A/C..LOL.


This one is him laying outside waiting for Darryl to get home from work, in the background you can see when he was a little puppy he took paint off my beautiful french doors, another thing to do around the house, there seems to be always something.


The last few are of some flowers around my garden, the pink ones are of a really, really old rose that flowers only once a year and is so pretty, I have several of these around my garden and the other photo is of a native to Australia called a Bottlebrush(for ones that may not know).




I hope you enjoy all that you have viewed tonight, I may not be around tomorrow as I have a huge day at work, but I will return on Wednesday for you to feast your eyes on a present that I am making for all the girls in our family.


  • Beautiful tags, Joy! …and beautiful pics too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cute tags Joy. I really love that little tree! And great photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous Tags Joy and wonderful photos! Roly is so cute! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love your sweet, little tags, Joy! Wonderful mix of stamps! And so nice to see a photo of you! How fun! Roly is just the cutest and the flowers in your garden are beautiful! I think I should just hop on a plane and come stay with you until winter here is over! :)ReplyCancel

  • Such cute little tags and thanks for sharing the wonderful photo’s- your flowers are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Love the tags! Thanks for sharing pics of Roly..
    he’s a beautiful boy!!! I have a window ledge that looks like your french door area. My dogs keep the paint peeled off constantly, so I’ve decided to just let it be my “Shabby Chic” window ledge.ReplyCancel

  • I hope the week goes as quickly as the weekend too, Joy! Where does my crafting time go to?!
    Gorgeous tags – love the the holly one especially (well, it’s green and kraft – my fave!)
    Fabby pics too, tfs!

  • what great inspiration you have provided with these tags, I love them all!! Great photos to share!!ReplyCancel

  • this post made me smile from ear to ear. loved it all!ReplyCancel

  • I’m itching to play with those dies. Your tags look terrific.ReplyCancel

  • Love the tags Joy and your garden is looking wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Darling! Love the shape of the tags, my fav is the pink and green color combo, so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Love your tags, Joy! I just got the PTI tag die and can’t wait to use it! Thanks for sharing your photos, too!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful tags Joy! So beautiful that you inspired to go buy more stamps he he :)ReplyCancel

  • lovely tags, Joy! very cute photos, too. thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • What gorgeous photos, Joy! We don’t have flowers like that right now! I think your tags are very cute too!ReplyCancel

  • I love your happy little tags Joy and your flowers are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, I love your holiday tags! They are each so fun! And what great pictures too. Thanks for sharing. :)ReplyCancel

  • Great gift tags Joy,love them.ReplyCancel

  • Joy… love your tags, so pretty!!! :) :) :) :) :) beautiful pictures, love your flowers!!! :) :) :) :) :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Today I am back to share a DT card designed for Jay Gee’s Nook. I have side tracked from Christmas card making and decided to create a card using this sweetie of a set.


Using white card stock, I trimmed it down to form the card. Next, taking more white card stock, I stamped the little bicycle from the set and coloured it in with my Copics. I added a sentiment underneath the image, also from the same stamp set and adhered this to some yummy A Muse Blue Gingham paper that was trimmed slightly larger then the white card stock. I added some bakers twine to the gingham paper and adhered this to the card front.

Don’t forget to enter the current Challenge that is running over at Jay Gee’s Nook, it is open to anyone, so get inking and creating.

I am off to check out the other DT cards, so why not follow me and leave some loving comments.


  • Adorable…I love that stamp set! And your card is just too cute, the gingham paper goes so well with the tricycle image. Thanks for the sweet inspiration, Joy!

  • Beautiful coloring, Joy! I love the shadow and the sweet gingham paper! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • WOW! Perfect coloring! Love the shadow under the bike- you always think of EVERYTHING! HUGS!ReplyCancel

  • Joy you have used my favorite goodies on this card – gingham paper and bakers twine! Sweet card :) JudithReplyCancel

  • What a cute little stamp set! Your colouring is fantastic and the gingham paper is such a sweet touch.ReplyCancel

  • just gorgeous Joy. Can just see this for a little boys birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Love this CAS card! You rarely see a cute tricycle image! Love this!!ReplyCancel

  • This is just too sweet. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Joy this is so beautiful! I love how you did the shadow under the bike – stunning! :)ReplyCancel

  • Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful card Joy!ReplyCancel

  • super cute Joy, love the CAS design and fabulous colouring and the slight shadow!! :)ReplyCancel

  • beautiful simple card.ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So have been having a lazy day today, only managed to get the washing out on the line and wash the dishes, tried to do some crafting, but not having much luck, so decided to leave it and make some tea. However, I did manage to create a card using some new PTI stamps.


I used a teal coloured card stock and trimmed it to create a card, I then took the PTI, Tin Types background stamp and inked with Colorbox Ink, Frost White ink, I stamped over the front of the card to form my own background. I then took some white card stock and using the PTI, Mat Stack 1 die I ran the card stock through my Cuttlebug cutting the die, next taking the matching stamp from the PTI, Tiny Treats stamp set, I inked the stamp up using some Colorbox Ink, Chestnut Roan and stamped over the die cut. Taking more white card stock I took the PTI, 2010 Holiday Tags and using one of the stamps in that set I inked it up with some Colorbox Ink, Celadon and stamped onto the card stock, once dry I took a 1 3/4 inch circle punch and punched the stamped image out and adhered it to the mat stack using foam dimensionals, then adhering the mat stack to the card using more foam dimensionals. Adding a sentiment to the bottom of the card using the PTI, Signature Christmas stamp set, stamping this onto more white card stock, adhering the sentiment to some chocolate card stock and then adhering it to the front of the card. Lastly, adding rhinestones to the card to finish.

Enjoy viewing the card tonight, I am off to catch up a bit on the computer work and attempt fate and try and craft a little more.


  • Love the background you created Joy and the colours. Simple, elegant card :)ReplyCancel

  • You have inspired me Joy, I think I have all the goodies at hand to make this card, will certainly give it a whirl- thanks for your fabulous inspiration!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Another beautiful card, Joy.

    I just wanted to tell you how much i appreciate your honesty when it comes to having a creative block! I wish it didn’t happen to you, but there is some consolation knowing that it happens to insanely talented people like yourself and not just ‘average’ people like me. :)

    I absolutely love your style! Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us!


  • Wonderful card, Joy! Love the colors and fun stamps!ReplyCancel

  • Love these cozy colors! Great combo of stamps!! HUGS!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful….love the unique color scheme and the mix of stamps and patterns.

  • Simply lovely, love the color combo- so nice. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • lovely colour combo Joy. And how fab to have stamps matching the die cuts. Must look into getting some PTI stamps and diesReplyCancel

  • Love your subtle colors Joy! So soft and lovely!ReplyCancel

  • This is soo pretty! Love those gorgeous colours :)ReplyCancel

  • Love your wonderful background and the soft pretty colors here- just beautiful Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful holiday design, love the muted and soft colors!ReplyCancel

  • love the colors you used. beautiful holiday card!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Yes I know, I have been rather a bad blogger…some how after my friend left, life took over again and there just was no time to craft, but today, finally a day off from work and was able to get back into it again. Although, I have to say it was no smooth sailing, it seem to take me ages to be able to create something, I was beginning to think that the mojo had left with my friend, but never fear it is still here.

What could be more better to get creating again with this wonderful stamp. I just love how elegant this flourish is and since buying it have not had the chance to ink it up, until now.


Cutting a piece of patterned paper and inking up the Hero Arts, Fabulous Flourish with Versamark Ink, I stamped over the paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next, taking the distress ink, Antique Linen, applying the ink pad directly to the paper, I applied the ink heavily to cover, making the flourish pop, I also blended distress ink, Vintage Photo around the edges, I set this aside to dry. I then took a piece of red patterned paper and punching a circle out of the paper I created a rose (for this technique, you can view this video by Jennifer McGuire or surf You Tube for other technique videos) I wanted to add a shine to the rose like Jennifer did in the above video, so using the same technique, by applying Versamark Ink to the rose and adding clear embossing powder, heat setting, I did this several times to get the look I was after. I cut some leaves and adhered to the back of the rose, along with some twine for added effect. I cut some white card stock to form a card and adhered the patterned paper with the flourish on it to the front of the card, making sure to use plenty of glue, then adhered the rose using some foam dimensionals. I cut another piece of white card stock to form a tag and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Holiday Sayings stamp set, added some red rhinestones either side of the sentiment and adhered the tag to the card front using more foam dimensionals.

Here is a close up of the rose.


Hope you enjoy viewing the card, thank you for hanging in there with me, I will be back with more for you to view tomorrow.


  • I absolutely LOVE this card! Everything about appeals to me – the resist flourish, the patterned paper, the rose (I’ve got to try one of those some day soon! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your work with us!ReplyCancel

  • Joy this is stunning. I so love the elegance and charm of this creation. You are so talented and everything your hand finds to do is wonderful. I so love how you have done this with that beautiful rose. I so love this florish and so want if for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Wow Joy this is stunning. So elegant and sophisticated. You have inspired me, so thankyou.


  • This is such a lovely card, Joy – I can’t wait to try your idea using this flourish! It is perfect against the text background!ReplyCancel

  • This is a gorgeous card Joy! So elegant looking.ReplyCancel

  • Very pretty! Love the deep color of the rose against the neutral,soft background!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful card, Joy! So beautifully done! Love your gorgeous rolled rose!ReplyCancel

  • Very pretty card Joy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is STUNNING!!! Love the colors, the softness, just everything!!! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Joy this is so elegant! Really beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lovely Joy. I love the subtle look of the flourish and that flower is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • wonderful card Joy. I love the rose. I need to practise more to get mine to look as good as that.ReplyCancel

  • what a beautiful card! I love how despite the detail and the work, it still is very simple and pleasing to the eye kind of card. Thanx for your lovely ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, you used pattern paper to stamp on! I love this, that fabulous flourish really is fabulous isn’t it :-) gorgeous…ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is so beautiful….so elegant! And what a lovely rose!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is sooo stunning! I love that flourish over the patterned paper and your rose is sooo beautiful!! :)ReplyCancel

  • love love the beautiful background. gorgeous card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • wow, this is stunning and so elegant Joy! Your mojo certainly has not left you, you still rock!! :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So today is a kind of sad day, my friend left today after visiting the last few days with me, we had so much fun and caught up on lots of chatting and lots of laughing, just what the doctor ordered for us both. She is now wanting me to visit her, so this will be something to strive towards.

Today’s post I wish to share a card that I designed for Jay Gee’s Nook’s first challenge and give you some inspiration to create a card to enter into this months competition, it is open to anyone to enter, so check out the blog to see the details and the other DT samples.

I love this photo that Judith picked out, the blues and whites and all the gorgeous little details, gives for great inspiration to create a card.


I chose to pull out my Silhouette Machine and cut out a butterfly from some October Afternoon patterned paper, then applied distress ink, Broken China and Tumbled Glass over the top. I took a stamp from the Hero Arts, Asian Frames and stamped over part of the butterfly and embossed with white embossing powder, I inked the edges of the butterfly to give it a more defined look using distress ink, Vintage Photo. Taking some water colour paper and the Late 1800’s Script Background stamp from Purple Onion Designs, I inked it up with some distress ink, Antique Linen, spritzed it with some water and laid the paper onto the stamp, heat set with my heat gun and distressed the edges, applying more ink to the edges. I adhered the butterfly to the water colour paper using some glossy accents and set aside to dry. Next, I took a bone coloured card stock and cut to form a card, adhering the water colour paper to the front using foam dimensionals. Lastly, cut a strip of white card stock to form a tag and stamping a Papertrey Ink sentiment, adding a rhinestone either side and adhering to the card front using more foam dimensionals.

I hope that this card gives you some inspiration to create something for the challenge, don’t forget to take a wander over to the blog and check out all the inspirational eye candy and details on the competition, I look forward to seeing what you all create.

Just one last thing before I head off, I wanted to thank you all for your patience for my absence whilst my friend has been here. I will be creating all this week, so should have some yummy things to show you.


  • Joy! This card is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are so elegant, and I love what you did with the butterfly. I always love your work. I’m definitely going to have to create a card for this challenge- the challenge post has all sorts of inspiring cards, too. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • gorgeous card, love the butterfly it is so pretty :) :) :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • glad to hear you had a ball with your friend, i am sure you are looking forward to the next catch up!! this card is fabulous Joy, the stamping on the butterfly is just brilliant! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love your card Joy. You have inspired me to dig out my silhouette!ReplyCancel

  • I love this Joy! especially the embossing on the butterfly.ReplyCancel

  • Love this Joy! So beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! I’ve been missing you lately! So glad you had a nice time with your friend. Love this fabulous card! The butterfly is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! LOVE the look you gave the butterfly with the stamping!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous details of the flowers on the butterfly, super pretty Joy!ReplyCancel

  • How wonderful to have a visit from a friend…Love your beautiful butterfly! The white embossing really pops!ReplyCancel

  • Love that big bold butterfly!ReplyCancel

  • simply beautiful Joy :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy what a great card! I love visiting your blog as you do so many beautiful creations xoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • I’m so impressed with your work!!
    I comment on this card but I chose it randomly since all your cards are so beautiful!!