Hi Everyone! So it is about day 4 into my holidays and what a week ahead I have, lots of crafting, painting in the house and gardening.

So today I wanted to share with you a card that I have made for a sweet friend of mine and I hope when she receives it she will like.

I wanted to use the Betsy Blubell stamps from Penny Black, they are super cute.


I took a Hero Arts, Lilac note card and stamped the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp inked with Hero Arts, Soft Lilac and covered the entire front of the card. Next, cutting white card stock using a Spellbinders, Label 8 die, I then stamped one of the Betsy Bluebell stamps onto the die and coloured it in with my Copics, adding little areas of white gel pen to the image. Once I was happy with the coloured image I took some blue ink and sponged onto the die to form a sky. I added a sentiment to the top of the card from the same stamp set and adhered the die cut to the car using foam dimensionals.

Here is another view of the card:


Here is a photo of the Copics used:


Here are the products I used to create the card:

A super fun card to colour, I cannot wait to use the rest of the stamp set.

So I am off to craft again, I hope you all enjoy your day!



  • Super darling, this is sure to cheer up anyone! So cute, and enjoy your holidays!ReplyCancel

  • This image is so stinkin cute. Your coloring is perfect and I love the background. Wonderful card Joy. Your friend will LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • awww… she is a cutie! such a sweet card, Joy! i am sure your friend will love this!ReplyCancel

  • this is sooooooo cute…love the lilac colour :) This is such a cute card !ReplyCancel

  • Just adorable, Joy! What a sweet image! Your coloring is fabulous! Love this, and so will your friend!ReplyCancel

  • Who wouldn’t love this sweet card? So adorable and your coloring is just fabulous, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Aww this is so cute! Your friend will love this! Hope you are enjoying your holidays! :)ReplyCancel

  • what a neat set Joy. I can’t wait to see more. Your colouring is superb.ReplyCancel

  • My word!!! I love this little image you coloured:-) super cute:-) Love her oversized flower bunch!!ReplyCancel

  • Ahhh! This is so, so, so, so, so CUTE!!! It instantly made me smile!!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, what a pretty card !!! love it !love the dots in the paper =)
    have a nice evening,
    greetings, martina

  • Betsie is so cute! Love the way you colored her!ReplyCancel

  • This is adorable Joy! I love it and your coloring is just gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Darling! I love the happy colorsReplyCancel

  • think i have found another stamp set to add to my collection, you have certainly made it look brilliant!! :)ReplyCancel

  • More incredible coloring! You are amazing with those Copics!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So today was my Mum’s birthday and my partner and I went and spent the day with her, we had a beautiful lunch and a nice wander around her garden. I love to visit the farm and spend time out there, so peaceful and quiet.

So to honour my Mum and to wish her a Happy Birthday, I wanted to share the card that I created for her and a photo of her.


I stamped the Hero Arts, Large Plaid Pattern background stamp that was inked with Hero Arts, Soft Blossom ink onto a Hero Arts, Carnation card and using the white gel pen, I added white dots as added interest to the card and set aside. Taking white card stock I cut a die using the Tim Holtz, Movers and Shapers die and stamped the Hero Arts, Tall Flower once onto the die and then onto some scratch white card stock and coloured the images in with my Copics, with the image that was on the scratch card stock I cut the large flower out of the stamped image. Next, using some Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen, I blended over the die cut, adding a slightly softer touch to the image. I adhered the flower that had been cut out to the flower on the die using foam dimensionals and then adhered the die cut to the card using more foam dimensionals. I cut another piece of white card stock to form a tag and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Essential Messages stamp set, also softening with the same distress ink to match. Lastly, adding pink rhinestones either side of the sentiment and adhering to the card using more foam dimensionals.

Here is another view of the card:


Here are the products used to create this card:

I also wanted to share this photo of my Mum, she may not like this photo, as she would say that she was in her house clothes and hair not done…LOL, but I love it as it is such a natural photo of my Mum and makes me smile, as it captures her to a tee. This photo was taken on a freezing day, my brother, his wife and kids had all come to stay and my partner and I came out for the day and we all went yabbying, so much fun even though the wind cut straight through us all.


So happy birthday Mum, I hope you enjoyed your day!

I hope you enjoy the post tonight, and I will be back tomorrow with more for you to feast your eyes on seeing as I am now officially on holidays! YAY! Doing the Happy Dance!!!!



  • Such a pretty card, Joy and a wonderful picture of your Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Sending Birthday wishes to your mum! What a lucky lady to receive such a beautiful card too! Love the dimension you’ve added and the touches with the white gel pen really bring the card to life!

  • Beautiful card Joy :)
    The colours are nice and soft and love the plaid background with the white gel pen dots :) Makes them stand out !ReplyCancel

  • Love the beautiful card – the white dots are a fantastic touch. And what a lovely photo of your mum. Sending birthday wishes her way. :)ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous card, Joy! Love the photo of your mum, too! Enjoy your holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday to your sweet mum! I adore that photo of her! So natural and such a wonderful, happy smile! I know she LOVES the card you made for her! It is stunning, Joy! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Pretty, pretty, pretty! Love your card sooo much. The colors are incredibly bright and cheery and the white gel pen looks great with the background stamp-so clever! Happy birthday to your mom!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card Joy and sending birthday wishes to your mom!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful card Joy perfect for your mum, she looks so happy in this photo no wonder its your favourite. Wishing her a happy birthday.

  • This is a very beautiful card, Joy! I hope your mom has a fabulous birthday!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Don’t you adore that die? I just bought it, and I doubt I’ll ever make something without it again. Absolutely stunning card. Amazing! You never cease to amaze me with your talent. :)ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous card you made for your mom! Love the photo you shared too!ReplyCancel

  • Love this card, Joy! It is so perfectly special, I’m sure your mom loved it! Thanks for sharing the photo of the birthday girl, such a warm smile she has! Enjoy your vacation…

  • Gorgeous card!! I know you mom loved it!! I hope she had a great day!!ReplyCancel

  • Love the card and you Mum looks so happy and cheerful. It is lovely to spend time with your Mum on her birthday. My Mum lives so far away from me I hardly ever get to spend the day with her.ReplyCancel

  • This is beautiful Joy! Love the vibrancy!

    Your mum looks like such a happy person :)ReplyCancel

  • PERFECTION! Love this card with all the lovely white dots! Happy birthday to your Mom!ReplyCancel

  • what a beauty, Joy. both the card and your mom! she looks like she is having a good time! =) I LOVE the softness of your card and how you used the Tim Holtz shape with the flower. just beautiful! Happy Birthday to your mom!ReplyCancel

  • Happy birthday to your Mom! She must be so proud of you! And so glad to receive such a gorgeous cardüReplyCancel

  • Love your card, love the picture of your Mum, and a great big


    btw… what is yabbying?ReplyCancel

  • Love your card and I too, want to know…what is yabbying?! Sounds fun anyway:)ReplyCancel

  • Aww that photo of your mum is so nice! Your card is gorgeous Joy and I’m glad you and your mum had a great day! I sooo love yabbying as well – so much fun! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this card is so gorgeous! I am sur eyour mom love it and wish your mom a very happy birthday & wish her all the very best! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • So beautiful card! :)ReplyCancel

  • So precious are the colors on this Joy! Your mom is a sweetheart, love her smile!ReplyCancel

  • Belated birthday to your mum! such a sweet card and love the white dots on the bg!ReplyCancel

  • A little belated here but Happy Birthday to your Mum!!! Gorgeous card! Just such a beauty.

    Ok Joy….what on earth is “yabbying”? I love the word….it makes me giggle! :)ReplyCancel

  • What a stunning and gorgeous card! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! Your mum is looking fantastic! Yabbying sounds like a heap of fun, and your card is beautiful.ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So this week over at the Hero Arts blog, us hostesses have hijacked the blog and what fun it has been so far, first day was a hoot from Barb and Kryssi with some absolute gorgeous cards, second day we saw Jenny take over and what a sweet and cute Autumn card this was, so to carry on the theme of Autumn Colour I decided to change it up a little and create a layout and would you know it I did a video too. I was so nervous in creating this, so I hope that the ones I do in the future become a lot better.

So I wanted to share with you the layout that I created using lots of stamping to accent my page.

You can view the details on how I created this layout HERE.

As a treat here is the video that I created also.

I did tweak my layout a little more after finishing the video, adding some more features to the final project.

Don’t forget to check out the Hero Arts blog for more about my post, as there is a wonderful photo for you to feast your eyes on.

Also check back in there again on Friday for the final day of take over with Nancy and Robin to round out our fun week.



  • This is fabulous Joy! Such details and rich in autumn colors, beautiful layout, clean, and precise with all of your stamping!ReplyCancel

  • Love this layout and design! I especially love the color you added to the trees on top- really ties everything together! YOUR VIDEO ROCKS and so do you! BIG hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful layout and video, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous layout! and photos!ReplyCancel

  • A really nice fall layout and thanks for sharing your techniques.ReplyCancel

  • Great video, Joy!
    I loved watching some of your techniques!
    Your layout came out beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful layout Joy! Those colours are gorgeous! You did a wonderful job taking over the HA blog and love your video! :)ReplyCancel

  • gorgeous stamping and photos, Joy! fabulous layout!ReplyCancel

Hey there! I thought that I would share a quick post with you today sharing a card that I designed for Purple Onion Designs. I know that some people find it hard to create a card for that loved male in our lives and so I created a card to show you.


I cut a circle out of white card stock, cutting it with the Spellbinders Die, Standard Circles and inked the entire circle with Ranger Distress Inks, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky. Once inked I took the Snow Drop flower and stamped across the circle using Ranger, Archival Ink, Black. Using more of the same ink Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky I inked a small strip of white card stock and set aside. I took more white card stock and created a card, I adhered the circle and stamped the Birthday Wishes sentiment under the circle and lastly, added the strip.

A really simple and easy card that is eye catching and a great male card.

Okay I am off to get some breakie.

Hope you all have a great day!




Hi Everyone! Hope everyone’s weekend is going well, I am now 6 days away from holidays and cannot come quick enough.

So today I wanted to pay tribute to a wonderful, creative, inspiring and so talented lady, Jill Foster, this week I had the honour of being featured on her amazing blog called Inspired By, and if you have never visited her blog, it has to be a must on you list of things to do. She WOW’S! me everytime she creates, each week she picks another creative person using there cards she creates her own interpretation of them, and I have to say her takes on my cards this week were awesome, so thank you Jill for the wonderful week!

To honour Jill, I wanted to show case the cards that were created from mine and also wanted to create a card of my own that I was inspired by Jill, so without further ado here are the cards:


My Card


Jill’s Card

All this yummy purple goodness, just look at that beautiful flower!

Inspired by...Joy


My Card

Day 1 with Jennifer McGuire

Jill’s Card

The 3 bold flowers together just pop’s beautifully against the white!

Inspired by...Joy


My Card


Jill’s Card

Jill amazes me with how she can turn a beautiful flower into the most gorgeous colours and turn it into a stunning card.

Inspired by...Joy


My Card


Jill’s Card

What can I say but Gorgeous!


My Card


Jill’s Card

The colouring on this sensational card is truly stunning, not only does Jill know how to colour with Distress Ink she definitely know how to use those Copics!

Knowing how Jill loves butterflies I though that it would be fitting to add one to the card that I was inspired to make by Jill, so to say a big thank you to you Jill I have created this card:

Jill’s Card

Inspired by...Jennifer McGuire!

I love the way uses the Distress Inks, it truly is awe inspiring and the little touches that she adds to her cards really pulls it together to form the most beautiful and incredible creation.

Here is my take on her card:


I used Kraft card stock to form a card and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp inked with Colorbox Ink, Frost White I stamped the entire front of the card. Next, taking white card stock I inked the entire card stock with Ranger, Distress Ink, Scattered Straw and stamped the grass from the Hero Arts, Earth Flowers stamp set, backing it onto more white card stock. I then stamped a butterfly from the Hero Arts, Antique Engravings onto more white card stock and coloured the butterfly in with my Copics, once coloured in I cut the image out. Using yet again more white card stock I inked up a section using some Ranger, Distress Ink, Walnut Stain and tore it to give it more texture. Once I was happy with all the elements of the card I adhered everything onto the front of the card and lastly, adding a sentiment from the Hero Arts, All Occasion Messages stamp set.

Here is another view of the card:


A truly wonderful and talented person to be inspired by, thank you Jill for the amazing week!

I hope you all enjoy viewing these cards today and may it inspire you to create a project inspired by another.



  • What a nice way to thank Jill! I really enjoyed your week on her blog, Joy! So full of inspiration! And your take on her card is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • WOW!!!!!!!! AWESOME posting, Joy ! How FABULOUS to see these beautiful cards! So much talent!Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • both you and Jill are amazingly talented. it was such a fun week to see all your cards. and you awe me with the last card once again, Joy! it’s stunning. you are such an inspiration! thanks for sharing! =)ReplyCancel

  • Aww Joy i always love seeing both yours and Jill’s cards! Your butterfly one is stunning!! :)ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love your cards Joy and I also love Jill’s interpretation of them! What a lovely surprise to see all of these cards in one place! :-)ReplyCancel

  • What super fun inspiration!! Thanks for sharing the link to Jill’s blog…I’m off to check out her goodness.

  • Beautiful cards by very talented ladies!ReplyCancel

  • My friend! Thank you so much for this beautiful post! You have completely made my day!!!! Your creation is SUPER pretty! I love, love, LOVE the water splotched background and that butterfly – GORGEOUS!!!! The torn paper along the bottom adds such interest as does the flourish stamped in white. My friend, I feel so blessed to know you and the honor was all mine to share your cards on my blog this past week. Sending you BIG hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for such nice comments about my daughter, Jill Foster. She is truly talented and also knows talent when she sees it–your cards are also beautiful! Jill’s MomReplyCancel

  • Love all these gorgeous cards! What a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Both of you are so talented & inspiring! Your cards always blow me away and that last one is no exception. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!ReplyCancel

  • Your cards are gourgeous! Both very talented.ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So today was a fantastic day for me, I got to craft all day long and WOW! did I achieve, so happy, got a few deadlines out of the road and was able to create just for the heck of it. The other good news for us today was that the Tradies finally turned up to put the new roof on and all though it was incredibly noisy I still enjoyed crafting.

So I wanted to turn my hand at another Halloween card, I am really enjoying making these cards even though Australians do not celebrate it.


To make the card, I took white card stock and using Ranger, Distress Ink, Black Soot, I created a soft grey sky by blending the entire card stock, I then took the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp and using black ink that I stamped of once on a scrap sheet of paper first, and then onto the card stock, I set this aside. Next, taking the Hero Arts, House with Plant, I stamped it onto some more white card stock and coloured the image in with my Copics, once coloured in, I cut the image out. Taking the card stock that was stamped with flourish background, I stamped the house again onto this and adhered the coloured house over the image using foam dimensionals. I added the word spooky to the top of the card stock using the stamp set from Hero Arts, Bird Branch Alphabet. Taking a Hero Arts, Lilac card I stamped the Hero Arts, Graph Background stamp that was inked with Hero Arts, Soft Lilac. I added Silver Spica pen to parts of the stamped flourish background to add more effect and adhered the card stock to the front of the card using more foam dimensionals.

Here is another view of the card:


Here are the Copics used to colour the image:


Here are the products used to create this card:

Enjoy viewing, I am off to watch a little TV and maybe some more crafting.