Hi Everyone! So I return with day 2 of blogging with the lovely Shari Carroll. I hope you all had a chance to check out her amazing creation she made yesterday, I have to say that it totally blew me away, that girl is so darn creative, to see more of her creativity you can check out her wonderful Flickr photostream HERE.

Well we head into day 2 of our blogging and today we are bringing you a sketch, this is what we had to create by:

I decided to create a card that had a vintage style feel to it, totally out of my comfort zone but one that I have always felt a strong passion to try.

Blogging with Shari Carroll Day 2

I took white card stock, trimmed to form a card and taking the Hero Arts, Flourish background stamp, I inked it up with some Versamark Ink and embossed it with white embossing powder, setting this aside to work on the rest of the card. Taking a circle punch I punched a circle of card stock, also taking a scallop punch I punched 4 circles out from white card stock, folding each of them to form a petal, adhering this to the plain circle. Next, running more white card stock through my Cuttlebug, cutting snowflakes, I then placed plenty of glue on each and covered the larger one with silver glitter and the other with prisma glitter. Once the glitter had dried, I took both of the snowflakes and adhered them to the flower that I had created using the white card stock, placing a crystal brad through the centre to hold it all together. Taking water colour paper and the Hero Arts, Branch and Flourish Tree, I inked it up using some distress ink, barn door, spritzed with some water and stamped directly onto the paper, heat setting it with my heat gun. I then sewed around the edges of the paper and tore the excess off, applying distress ink, antique linen and vintage photo to give it an aged look. I took all elements of the card and adhered each of them onto the front of the embossed card, lastly, adding some red rhinestones and vintage lace trim to finish.

Certainly a very different style to what I am normally used to but it was fun to create and something that was also new for me, this was my first sketch card that I had created.

Okay so now it is time to follow me over to Shari’s blog to see what AMAZING creation she has created for us today.

Looking forward to bringing you another creation tomorrow.

Oh and I will have a video for you all to have a look at what goodies I have purchased over the last couple of months, I will leave the link for you tomorrow so that you can view this. I brought quite a bit, an early birthday present, now seeing my birthday is less then a week away :)


  • Joy this is beautiful – so elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Super cool card! :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow! This is gorgeous, Joy! So elegant! Love the distressed edges and your beautiful layered snowflake! Wonderful take on the sketch!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card Joy! I am soooo looking forward to another goodie haul video…I love to see what others have bought! :)ReplyCancel

  • LOVE the white on white and beautiful distressing! YOu hit another one out of the park!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic card! Love the beutiful snowflake!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card Joy. Love the snowflake tooReplyCancel

  • Just beautiful Joy! You do not appear to be out of your element at all :) Splendid!

  • You did a great job with the sketch Joy and I think you managed the vintage feel very well while still being a ‘Joy’ card. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • So gorgeous, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • beautiful clean look. gorgeous card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • this is beautiful Joy… you definately should do ‘vintage’ moe often… Im so impressed with your destrss inking around the edges. How do you get it to look like that ????


  • Stunningly elegant, Joy! I love the way you stitched around the tree image and then ages the edges. And the snowflake on top of the flower – genius! Very, very pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Well, I’d say vintage fits you well!! Gorgeous card with the snowflake and the tree and the lace border is so perfectly paired.ReplyCancel

  • WOW!! I love that snowflake! Beautiful card! :)ReplyCancel

Hiya! yes you read the title of this blog post right, I am blogging this week with my sweet friend Shari. Shari asked me a couple of weeks ago whether I would like to have a week where we would could blog together and of course I immediately said yes (to tell you the truth I did let out a little squeal of excitement..LOL).

So this week we will be sharing a different array of stamping and creating Christmas themed projects for you to feast your eyes on, with day 1 being a Photo Inspiration, here is the photo:

I decided to create a card using the different colours that I could see on this beautiful pillow.

Blogging with Shari Carroll, Day 1

I took some white card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug, cutting a Label 8 die cut, then inking the top half of the die cut using distress ink, peeled paint, also inking the Hero Arts, Friend Definition stamp with the same ink and stamping over the top of the inked section, giving it a tone of tone look, then dipping my fingers into water and flicking water over the top, which as we know when distress ink has water applied to it, it reacts, I dried it off using my heat gun. Taking, a piece of Kraft card stock, I ran this through my Cuttlebug, cutting it with the same die, then inked the Hero Arts, Magical Background stamp up with some Colorbox Ink, Frost White and stamped over the die cut, I adhered this to the peeled paint die cut, adding string to cover the glued sections. I added a sentiment to the top of the die cut from the Hero Arts, Get Merry Stamp set, I also added some scatters of red rhinestones and a Hero Arts, Poinsettia with the same string behind the flower and a Basic Grey brad through the centre. Lastly, I trimmed brown card stock to form the card and adhered the die cut to the card.

I loved that I was able to use quite a few techniques, stamping and Hero Arts products on this card.

I do hope that this card gives you inspiration to create a card using different stamping techniques.

Well I am almost giddy with excitement to see what my dear friend Shari has created, so why not follow me and check out what she has been creating.

I do hope to see you all back here again tomorrow to check out Day 2 of our week together.

Have a great day!


  • So pretty, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • THis is FAB Joy. Love the water splotches.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card, Joy!! Beautiful colors and design!ReplyCancel

  • You have used some great techniques here – I love the water spots so much. Will be checking back all week to see what you and Shari create!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card joy- love the color combo and techniques you used here!ReplyCancel

  • Love this pretty card, Joy! You took the gorgeous colors of the pillow and used them beautifully! What a fun week this is going to be! Can’t wait for tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful card, Joy! Looking forward to the rest of the week…ReplyCancel

  • Joy, it’s absolutely FAB!!! I just got on the computer, I’ve been out all day so I couldn’t see your creation till now. I love it!!! Yay!!!! can’t wait to see what you have for tomorrow! :o)ReplyCancel

  • YAY! You and Shari together- it’s going to be an amazing week!!! You are both such fabulous stampers! I love your take on the inspiration photo – the water splotches rock!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful card! :)ReplyCancel

  • Awesome!! What a fun week you will have!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty Joy! Lucky you for sharing a week with Shari, she’s wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • very pretty Joy and Ive seen Shari’s as well. Awesome work the two of you. Hope you haven’t been flooded out.ReplyCancel

  • This is gorgeous, Joy! You make me want that backgroundstamp!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! This is so pretty Joy. I can’t wait to see what else you and Shari create :) Hope you are staying safe over there during the flooding. Sending you hugsReplyCancel

  • LOVE LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Looking forward to a week full of inspiration. Love the water background Joy. Fabulous card.ReplyCancel

  • this is so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • How awesome – two of my favorite ladies blogging together!! I love the inspiration you chose, Joy! And your card is a perfect interpretation! GORGEOUS colors! Hugs, MarcyReplyCancel

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are all enjoying what is left of your weekend. I also wanted to add here before starting this blog post, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to watch my video and leave such wonderful comments, I hope to be back in the future with another one.

Well it is yet another Sunday which means another DT card for Jay Gee’s Nook. This time I decided to use this sweet set from Lawn Fawn, Critters in the Snow, I just adored it when I first saw it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.


I decided to use the sweet little reindeer out of this set and stamping in onto some Basic Grey patterned paper, then trimming it out, adding Glossy Accents to the antlers and colouring the nose in with a red Copic, then adding more Glossy Accents, I set him aside to dry. Next, I took some Kraft card stock to form a card, and using the snowflakes from the Lawn Fawn, Frosties stamp set, that were inked with Colorbox Ink, Frost White, I covered the entire front of the card adding more ink to the edges to soften. Taking more Basic Grey patterned paper I trimmed a piece, applied distress ink, vintage photo to soften and adhered this to the base of the card, adding string across the top of the patterned paper. I trimmed a small piece of white card stock, stamping a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn, Bows and Holly stamp set, blending some distress ink, vintage photo over the tag to soften and lastly adding a brad to the tag also, then attaching it to the patterned paper. Once the reindeer had dried, I adhered this to the card using foam dimensionals.

Enjoy viewing the card. Don’t forget to pop on over to see what the other DT gals have been up to.

I hope you all get a little time to relax and maybe get a little inky today.



Hi Everyone! Well today we hear that we are once again on flood alert and the town above us some parts are being evacuated as we speak. We fortunately are on higher ground above the river, but I feel for the people in the lower sections of our town. Fingers crossed it does not do too much damage.

So it is another day of 12 Trendy Days of Christmas and I thought that I would share a video on how I created the card (mind you you will have to excuse the weird angle and the poor quality, this is going to take sometime to get this right..LOL).

Without further ado, here is the video, make sure to scroll down further to view the photo of the card and instructions on how I created it.


I took the stamp set from Hero Arts, Merry Christmas Trees and inked the trees up using some distress ink, vintage photo, stamping the trees onto some pink Basic Grey patterned paper, trimming around each of the trees and setting aside. Next, trimming some Kraft card stock to form a card and taking the Hero Arts, Magical Background stamp that was inked with Colorbox Ink, Frost White, I stamped the entire front of the card. Taking some white card stock, I tore along one side to form snow, I adhered this to the base of the card. Taking the trees that I had trimmed out previously I adhered these to the snow card stock using foam dimensionals, taking more white card stock, I trimmed a piece to form a tag and stamped a Hero Arts, sentiment from the Holiday Sayings stamp set, then adhering the tag to the front of the card. Lastly, I added some rhinestones to the trees and after the video I added some rock candy, distress stickles for added shine to the snow, unfortunately you are not able to view this in the photo.

I hope you enjoy viewing the video and the card, with some practice I will get this videoing down pat, LOL, actually it is rather addictive when you don’t have to talk..LOL.

Don’t forget to check in over at Kimberly’s blog to see more wonderful creations.

Have a great night.


  • Great video, Joy! I absolutely adore your card, my favorite christmas cards are with non-traditional colors!!
    Hugs, Anette :o)ReplyCancel

  • Great video Joy! Can’t wait to see more!!ReplyCancel

  • Love your card, Joy. I love the more natural look that kraft cardstock gives and the trees are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, thanks for sharing how you created the card. I loved watching you make the snow.ReplyCancel

  • Oooh love the non-tradition colours of this and your video was fab! You should definitely do more!

  • fab video love this stamp set i’m saving up my pennies to get a major hero arts haul in after christmas and this has got to go on my list! lol hugs AmandaReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Love the video!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVEEEEEE your video! So fun to see the master stamper in action! I can’t wait for more, my friend. I love your card. The bling is perfect on those trees and I love the torn snow. You truly do have a way of making each stamp that you use shine!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Thanks for the video! Another great card! :)ReplyCancel

  • The trees look so pretty in pink! Beautiful card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • So much fun watching you create! And happy that you’re safe on higher ground…ReplyCancel

  • Just found your blog! And promptly printed out several cards to CASE. Thanks for the inspiration…love your style!ReplyCancel

  • Such a pretty card! I love the different trees!ReplyCancel

  • Another gorgeous creation! Love the video & happy music..I was dancing in my chair! Take careReplyCancel

  • Oh, Joy, this video turned out so nicely! I loved watching how you did the card – love the patterns you stamped on the trees. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous card and video, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Well that was FUN! Loved your video and that pretty card…pink and kraft is a great combo!
    blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Great card, Joy! I just watched your video. It was so superrrr cute! :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! I have some exciting news to share with you tonight, that being that I was asked by Tiffany Richards of Tiffany Doodles to join her Design Team. I will be starting in January 2011 and working alongside some amazing and talented women, I am looking forward to working with these lovely girls and creating projects with some of Tiffany’s amazing designs.

The team will be having a blog hop that will be starting on Tuesday 7th of December and going for 3 days, this will give readers the opportunity to meet all the new gals and also have the opportunity for a chance at winning some giveaways.

From the 7th of December through to the 31st of December there will be a challenge running, in that time you will have 4 chances to win up to 7 digi’s of your choice, so make sure you participate, there are some great designs in store.

Lastly, as I will not be starting until next year, I won’t however have an entry for the blog hop or the challenge but please make sure you check down the side bar of my blog and click on the link to view the blog hop when it starts and in the meantime you can always visit the Tiffany Doodles, Flickr group, there are some wonderful creations from many talented ladies.

I also want to take this opportunity to wish all the out going DT gals all the best and I am sure that we will see all your wonderful and beautiful talents around the great world of crafting.

One more thing before I leave you tonight, I want to let you in on a little something that will be happening on my blog tomorrow..a little video share for you, and it is not a haul video either, so be sure to pop back in tomorrow and check it out.


  • Congrats Joy! I am really looking forward to seeing the lovely things you create with Tiffany’s digis! :)ReplyCancel

  • congratulations Joy! I know you will be a real asset to the team, will look forward to following your journey! :)ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy, it will be great working with you!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats, Joy! So excited to be sharing in this venture together!!!ReplyCancel

  • Big congrats to you, Joy! Thrilled to see that your talents are being recognized! So well deserved! Doin’ the happy dance for you! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! I can’t wait to see your creations! :)ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations and I’m really looking forward to working with you in the next year.ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy – delighted for you.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! It’s going to be a great year at Tiffany Doodles! Wonderful to have you on board and I’m so looking forward to your work! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Big congrats to you! I love your creations & videos!ReplyCancel

  • Joy! I’m so excited that you said YES to join me! I look forward to all of your creations!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! Looking forward to working with you on this team!

  • Yah Joy! Fantastic news, congratulations. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.ReplyCancel

  • Hooray that we are team buddies! Your cards are soooo cute! We should all have such fun together…be seeing your name a lot of our term!!

    I love that FELTIE giraffe card!!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! So glad to be working with you on Tiffany Doodles!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! Yay! Im soo happy and excited about getting to work with you!ReplyCancel

  • congrats on the DT spot, Joy! cant’ wait to see what you make with their pretty images!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! How very exciting for you! Boy are you going to be busy!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Had a very lazy day today, watching and listening to the torrential rain falling. However, I did manage to create a card for Kimberly’s 12 Trendy Days of Christmas, today’s theme was to use bling, glitter and anything sparkly.


So with that being said, I decided to break out my silhouette machine and create a snowflake, I cut this out using white card stock, then adhered glue over the snowflake and added prisma glitter over the top, setting this aside to dry. Next, using the PTI, Limitless Layer Die and some Basic Grey patterned paper which I ran through my Cuttlebug. I then took my Scorpal and scored the die cuts, punched a small hole in the centre of the die cuts and cut one score line, then folding each score line to form half circles, once this was done to both, I then adhered the 2 half circles together and then to a small punched circle to give more stability. I stamped a stamp from the PTI, 2010 Holiday Tags stamp set that was inked with some Hero Arts, Soft Leaf ink onto white card stock, then punching it out using a circle punch, adhering this to the top of the rosette that I created from the patterned paper. Once all the pieces were dry I adhered the rosette to the snowflake using Glossy Accents and set this aside to dry. I trimmed Kraft card stock to form a card and using the Hero Arts, Magical background stamp that was inked with Colorbox Ink, Frost White I stamped the entire front of the card. Taking the snowflake and adhering it to the front of the card, adding a sentiment to the bottom of the card that was stamped onto white card stock that was trimmed and attached to the card also. Lastly, I added some brown and white twine and some rhinestones for more added shine.

Here is a close up of the snowflake.


Enjoy tonight’s card and don’t forget to jump on over to Kimberly’s blog to check out the rest of the links to some amazing creations.