Morning Everyone! I am posting early this morning as I have just been woken up with a delivery at my door and there is so much noise going on in my street I had no hope in going back to sleep, so thought I might as well sit here and post this little card that I made, yes, late last night. After washing what seemed like hundreds of towels that we used when the storm happened on Sunday, I had put them through the dryer and so had to wait until the cycle had finished to be able to go to bed, even though I was very tired I made a card whilst I was waiting …………LOL. Between you and me I think that I will be having a nap before heading to work today………LOL.

So today’s card I started with brown card stock for the card, I then stamped Hero Arts, Raindrop Background stamp with Versamark Ink over the top and embossed with clear embossing powder. Next I cut a Spellbinders, Label 1 Die Cut and stamped a Hero Arts, Artistic Borders, Corner Flower onto one of the corners of the die cut, I coloured the image in with my Copics (see photo below for what Copics I used), I blended some Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen over the die cut and set aside to dry. Onto a scratch piece of white card stock I stamped the image again and this time coloured only the flower in, I cut the flower out and mounted it over the top of the stamped flower on the die cut with some dimensionals, I added some Ranger, Inkessentials, Glossy Accents to the edges of the flower. Next I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings in the opposite corner to the flower, I punched some little butterflies out of some watermelon card stock with a Martha Stewart Punch, Classic Butterfly 3 and adhered them to the centre of the die cut. Lastly, I added some black stitching around the edge of the die cut, added some pearls to the centre of the flower as well as the little butterflies and corner rounded the corners of the card.

Here is a photo of the Copics used.

I hope you like what you see today.

Have a great day everyone. I will catch you all tomorrow.

JOY

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  • Joy, I love this card! The dimension of the flower is great! Love the watermelon-colored butterflies and the stitching finishes the whole card off beautifully!! Nice job!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy this is such a pretty card. I’m sorry to hear about your troubles. We’ve had that much rain here on the Sunshine coast parts have flooded & our worms where all comming out of the ground as they where drowning. Hope the insurance company pays up soon for you xoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Beautiful coloring, as always! Such a simple yet great card!ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely card! Thank you for the inspiration and for the details on how you made it.

    Wishing you blue skies in the days ahead.ReplyCancel

Afternoon Everyone! Have you enjoyed the start of your week, mine is hopefully settling down for the time being. Darryl and I finally got a hold of the Insurance Company so we have lodged our claim and now we wait.

I am sorry but do not have a card for you tonight, still a wee bit tired so have decided to share some links that I now call Bits and Pieces, I have been surfing the net and have found some things that I think you all need to check out.

First off how about this from Jennifer McGuire using the Silhouette Machine and Hero Arts stamps, check it out HERE Isn’t she so talented!

How about this for a card, simply beautiful from Virginia, HERE is a fantastic card.

How about another sweet card, this time from Tiffany, you can view it HERE So adorable, love your work Tiffany.

Also these adorable cards from Lucy, they are just too sweet. Click HERE to check them out! Love your style Lucy.

Lastly, how about this for an amazing layout, simply beautiful, you can view this HERE.

Just a few little things that have caught my eye whilst I have been surfing the net, I do hope that you check them all out, so worth a look.

Have wonderful night everyone, I do hope that I can return tomorrow with another card for you. In the mean time take care!

Bye for now.

JOY

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Hello Everyone! How has your Monday been? Mine has been rather tiring, last night at work we had a huge storm that passed over our town and caused a bit of damage, our store was flooded out and what looked like a river floating down the aisles, I have never seen anything like it, we all spent the 4hrs that I was there sweeping water out of the building, an absolute mess. It got worse, once I got home I found out that we had water that came into our dining room and cracked the ceiling, along with water on my beautiful antique side board and it was damaged also, so now the task is to get a hold of the insurance company. So hence after all that I am feeling very tired tonight, so hoping for an early night.

But I did manage to make a card for you just about an hour ago.

I started with white card stock for card, on the front of the card I stamped Hero Arts, Pattern Flowers in Tuxedo Memento black ink 2 times onto the white card and also 2 times onto some scratch white card stock, I then coloured the images in with my Copics (no photo of Copics too many used to show in photo). Once all coloured in I cut 4 of the flowers, the larger head ones out and added dimensionals to these and adhered to the same images on the card front, I added some stamped Hero Arts, dragonflies from the Good Fortune stamp set at the top of the card above the flowers adding some extra interest to the card. Lastly, I added a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings set to the bottom of the card, making it look like it was wrapping around the card and some pearls between the sentiments.

I hope you like today’s card.

Catch you all tomorrow with hopefully another posting.

Enjoy your night.

JOY

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  • Oh I’m sorry to hear about the flooding – I hope your antique can be saved. :(ReplyCancel

  • You go from an elegant, soft card one day, to a bright, cheerful, fun card the next! I love how you are able to do that, Joy! This card really is fun! Love the colors! :)ReplyCancel

  • I like looking at your blog for inspiration…hope you don’t mind. I also hope that you dry out soon. Being flooded is such a mess.ReplyCancel

  • That’s a very pretty, cheerful card considering your crummy day! Hope the rest of your week goes better.ReplyCancel

  • Wow Joy, I can’t believe you managed to make such a gorgeous card while dealing with flood damage. I hope you get sorted out soon. Great idea with the word wrapping.
    Lesley RReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday, we have had some much needed rain overnight, although I am pleased that we have not received the devastating storms that Melbourne has received.

Well today’s card I have decided to take the plunge into another challenge and this time with Caardvarks, I loved this photo so much that I tried to make a card that has my interpretation on it.

Here is a challenge photo:


I started with white card stock for the card, folded in half and set aside, I took a cream piece of card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug, embossing it with the Jamara embossing folder, I cut 2 small strips of soft green card stock and adhered it either side of the embossed card stock, I then adhered the whole lot to the white card. Next, I cut a bird out on my Silhouette Machine with white card stock and sponged Papertrey Ink, Sweet Blush over the top, spritzed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pearl and set aside to dry. I had some left over leaves that I had cut the other day on my Silhouette so I decided to sponge them with some Papertrey Ink, Spring Moss and also set these aside to dry. While both die cuts were drying I took some white tissue paper and punch several layers out using my Ek Success 1 and half Inch and 2 inch Scalloped Punches and made 3 poofy flowers out of the tissue paper (thanks to Dawn McVey for the lovely tutorial on how to make these flowers). Once the flowers were made I spritzed them with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pearl and left to dry. Once all die cuts and flowers were dry I assembled them onto the card using foam dimensionals and glue. Lastly, I added a pearl to the bird for an eye and also some scattered pearls over the rest of the embossed area, lightly blended the edges of the card with Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen to soften the card.

Here is another photo of the card:

I hope that this is a good interpretation of the photo, it turned out quite pretty, I only wish you could see the Glimmer Mist in the photos.

Enjoy today’s card.

Look forward in catching you all tomorrow.

Bye for now!

JOY

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  • You did an awesome job with the photo inspiration! Love the flowers and the sweet bird! Gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous card! Love your design! Thanks for playing along with us at Caardvarks.ReplyCancel

  • Where does your talent end, Joy?!! My gosh! This is so unbelievably gorgeous!! What a wonderful take on that beautiful photo!! I love the pink bird and your tissue paper flowers are so pretty!! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • So very pretty!! I love those tissue paper flowers. Thanks for joining us at Caarvarks!!ReplyCancel

  • PERFECT…Love the Pink bird and the Flowers are just Awesome…..ReplyCancel

  • Just found your blog via Flikr Silhouette group. Your cards are lovely (I’ve been going through past posts). Now I have to go see what Caarvarks is!ReplyCancel

  • Hi! I love your entry for this challenge! Super idea to place the bird over the beautiful flowers! Gorgeous card, Joy!

    Hugs,
    VanessaReplyCancel

  • Oooh, very sweet! Beautiful flowers and great take on the challenge :-)ReplyCancel

  • This is gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    What an incredible card. The flowers, the embossing, the bird and leaves. Absolutely stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Your card is so pretty and those flowers are just gorgeous!! Love it!!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! How are you all enjoying your weekend? I have had to work this weekend so not much playing in the craft room as such, although I did manage to make a card last night ready for today. One of my all time favourite stamp companies that closed down a few years ago, I don’t know whether many of you remember Personal Stamp Exchange, I just loved their stamps and only wish the company was still in business along with wishing I had brought more of their stamps, but I have a few so I should be grateful for that.

I decided to colour in one of my favourite PSX stamps, tulips in a bucket, and if you know me you would know that tulips are my absolute favourite flower, followed closely by the rose.

I used white card stock for the card, folded in half and set aside, I then stamped the image onto some scratch white card stock and coloured my image in with my Copics (see photo below for copics used), I blended around the edges with Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and mounted it onto the card with some dimensionals, I added a Hero Arts sentiment from the Truly Appreciated stamp set at the bottom of the card and lastly, added some pearls to match along with slightly blending the edges with Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen to soften the card.

Here is a photo of the Copics used.

A great stamped image for practiscing my Copic colouring, for I need lots more practice…….LOL.

Enjoy your Saturday night and I hope to catch you all tomorrow before heading to work.

Bye for now!

JOY

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  • Incredible coloring, Joy! Those tulips look like real ones! Great card!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! Your coloring and shading
    is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Joy, you DO NOT need more practice!! This is utterly amazing! The shading alone, on the gray pot is fantastic! And you shadow underneath the image is perfect! Those are the things I still need to learn how to do. Will ya teach me? (Lol) Seriously, this is an amazing work of art! WOW!ReplyCancel

Afternoon Everyone! Well feeling rather weiry today, I did not get to sleep until 2am this morning, after reading the Hero Arts Blog and finding out that I was the Fresh Face Winner for Feburary Challenge, I was so excited that I just could not settle to sleep.

I just want to take this opportunity to firstly, thank Hero Arts for bestowing this fantastic award on me, I could not be more honoured.

I also wish to congratulate the other winners of this challenge, you are incredibly talented ladies and I am so pleased that I have been chosen to be along such gifted ladies, enjoy your winnings.

Thank you also goes to everyone that has taken the time to pass through my blog and leave such wonderful comments, but also to the ladies on the Flickr group that leave beautiful, encouraging comments over there, you bring a smile to my face everyday. Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart.

Now, onto today’s card, being so tired today I decided to just play around and see what came together, so as usual reached for my distress inks and this is what I came up with.

I started with white card stock for card, then took my Quickutz, Diamonds and Dots embossing folder and put the front of the card in folder and ran it through the Cuttlebug. I took another piece of white card stock and started to blend some Ranger, Distress Inks, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw and Broken China over the piece of white card stock, I then dipped my paint brush in some water and flicked over the surface of the inked card stock, which hence made the ink run, I then heat embossed to dry the card stock, I blended the edges with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy. I took my Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings and stamped a sentiment onto the card stock also stamping butterflies from the Hero Arts, Birds and Butterflies stamp set 3 times onto the card stock, I took my black pen and added some dots that connected from the butterflies to the sentiment. I decided to spritz the card stock with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pearl and heat set, Lastly, I added some pearls in various places over the inked card stock, added some dimesionals and placed onto the card.

Here is another view of card, I tried to get a photo showing the glimmer mist.

A card that uses some great techniques and fun colours.

Enjoy today’s card, I hope that you find some inspiration.

Have a happy Friday everyone, think of me tomorrow at work, I hope to catch you all tomorrow with another card.

Bye for Now!

JOY

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  • Joy, you make me want to get all my distress inks out and do this technique! It’s been a long time since I’ve done the flick of the paint brush with water. This turned out so beautiful! I just love the dots you put between your sentiment and butterflies! Such a wonderful card, and I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on your winning! Well deserved! That card was just stunning! Todays card is a beauty too! Love the distressed background! Love the colors and the butterflies! Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • First of all, congrats to you! Such a deserving win! Second, I appreciate that you always give a detailed description of your card making process! Third, this card is beautiful! I love it a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! Your cards are always wonderful, it was bound to happen sooner or later :)ReplyCancel