Evening Everyone! Rather a late posting tonight and one that I am surprised with too, I am sooooo tired it is not funny, work has been full on and staying up late then having to be at work early in the morning is starting to catch up, cannot wait for the weekend. I however, have amazed even myself tonight and ventured into the craft room and have produced a card for all of you to feast your eyes on………LOL.

I started with a cream card folded in half and set aside, I had some butterflies from the Hero Arts, Antique Engravings stamp set that I had coloured in the other day so I decided to use some of them up on card, these butterflies were all coloured in with my Copics (see photo below for colours used). I had already cut them out so all they needed was to be adhered to the card and left to dry. While the butterflies were drying I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Thoughtful Messages stamp set at the bottom of the card, I added some pearls and rhinestones either side of the message (thanks to the lovely and talented Jennifer McGuire for this inspiration). Once the butterflies were dry I added pearls to the centres of each of the butterflies and also added antennas to finish the card.

Here is another view of the card.

Here is a photo of Copics used.

Very simple card, but one that I think is eye catching.

Enjoy tonight’s card and if I don’t catch you tomorrow, possibly due to work commitments then I will catch you all very soon.

Have a great rest of your night.



Hello Everyone! How are we enjoying this fine Monday, I am pleased that it is Monday, because I am now on the down hill run for the weekend, Yippie!

Today’s card I decided to break out another set of Papertrey Ink stamps that I received the other day.

I started with white card stock for the card, folded in half and set aside. I then took a piece of Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist card stock and my Papertrey Ink, Polka Dot Basics 2, I stamped medium sized polka dots with Papertrey ink, Aqua Mist making sure I covered the piece of card stock. I then ran it through my Cuttlebug and cut a die shape using Spellbinders, Labels 8 die. After cutting the die cut out of the Aqua Mist card stock I then took my Papertrey Ink, Throught the Trees stamp and stamped a set of trees from this set with some black ink onto the Aqua Mist card stock. I added dimensionals under the die cut and placed onto the card. Lastly, I added a sentiment from the same set of Papertrey Ink, Through the Trees stamp set at the bottom of the card and some rhinestones either side of the sentiment.

As the header of my blog says “Less is More”, well this card really reflects my style. I really am very happy with how this turned out and am looking forward to using more of Papertrey Ink stamps to create some lovely cards.

I hope that this card is inspirational for you today and I will see you all tomorrow for another card.

Thanks for looking.


  • This card is so cool looking, Joy! I love that you stamped the trees in black! And the aqua paper is such a pretty color! Nice job! :)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card, Joy!! Love the aqua and black! Amazing design!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, I’m not getting around to see as many cards as I’d like, but I must say that I find yours exceptional and wish I could comment on all of them! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely talent with all of us. Hugs & Blessings, Deborah (from Hero Arts Flickr Group)ReplyCancel

  • Simple and elegant. Love the tree stamps! The black and aqua look stunning together.ReplyCancel

  • Really pretty card! I love those colors!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful card!
    I have that same tree set, but I haven’t used it yet. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Joy this is such a beautifully made card. I love the colours & the way you made this card. Perfect for either a guy or gal xoxoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Wow – what a strikingly beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on winning Lucy’s CAS challenge! Stunning card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card! Simple and striking….Congrats on making Lucy’s Top 3! Hope to see more of your wonderful work!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on winning Lucy’s challenge! I love your beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • BEAUTIFUL CARD!!!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Well it is Sunday and I am pleased that day 2 of my weekend is over, that means that it is one more day closer to the weekend that I have off from work……..LOL.

Today’s card, I had a play with my some of my new stamps that arrived on Friday, Antique Engravings. I have to say YUM! those butterflies are just super lovely.

I started with white card stock for the card and stamped over the front of the card with Hero Arts, Flourish Background cling stamp with Versamark Ink and embossed it with American Crafts, Zing, White embossing powder, heat set and set aside. Onto a scratch piece of white card stock I stamped a butterfly from the Hero Arts, Antique Engravings stamp set and coloured it in with my Copics (see photo below), once coloured in I cut around the butterfly and set aside. I also took another piece of white card stock and cut to size to fit the card front and with Hero Arts, Soft Sand, Shadow Ink I stamped over the top in various places with 2 other butterflies from the same stamp set, I then took Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and blended over the top and the sides to soften the look. Once I was happy with the desired look I adhered to the front of the card, I then adhered the coloured butterfly towards the top of the strip and set aside. I took a piece of white card stock and cut a tag out and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Thank You Sayings stamp set, I added an antique brad at one end and some pearls to the other end of the sentiment and the middle part of the butterfly. Lastly, I added dimensionals to the tag and placed at the bottom of the card.

Here is another view of the card.

Here is a photo of the Copics that were used to colour the butterfly.

I loved the look of this card, from the embossed white on white card stock to the antiqued look of the rest of the card, something very different but effective and gives you a chance to use different techniques.

I hope you like what I have created today and that you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Look forward in catching you all tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!!


  • Absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Very elegant! Amazing! I love the design!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty, Joy! Love everything about this card!! I’m glad you’re enjoying the Antique Engravings set! It’s one of my faves too! Your butterfly is fantastic! :)ReplyCancel

  • Your choice of colors is perfect! As well as the design! Love this beauty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow what a stunningly beautiful card Joy :D. I love all the different things you have done on this card. Very nice xoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! How is the start of your weekend going? I hope that you are all feeling for me, I have to work all weekend. Roll on next weekend is all I can say.

Today’s card or should I say cards, I started with white card stock for the cards and proceeded to stamp the Hero Arts, Friend Definition cling stamp over the front of the cards in Hero Arts, Soft Sand Shadow Ink, set these aside to dry. I then took another 3 pieces of white card stock cut to fit the card and stamped a flower on each from the Hero Arts, Stamp a Garden stamp set, I coloured each of the flowers in with my Copics (see photo below for what colours I used), I then cut 3 coloured pieces of card stock that matched the flowers that were coloured in and adhered each to the corressponding stamped flower card stock and then adhered to the card fronts. Once all attatched to the cards I added some rhinestones to each, under the flowers. I then added a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Thoughtful Messages stamp set and stamped 2 butterflies from the Hero Arts, Good Fortune stamp set in various places on the cards. Lastly, I added some trail lines from the butterflies that were above the stamped flowers to finish of the cards.

Here is a seperate photo of each card that was made.

Here is a photo of the Copics used.

3 sweet little cards for a special someone.

Enjoy these cards today and I hope to see you all tomorrow.

Have a great day!



Morning all, how is everyone today being that it is the end of the week? I am hoping for another day in the craft room creating, I had a late one last night creating, but when the creative juices flow I think you just have to go with it.

As my heading for today’s blog post says Sunshine and Happiness, this card reminded me of spring when all the butterflies come out to play and the flowers begin to shine, I can only say this at present as we are now in Autumn and I saw my first sign of that yesterday, with the 2 big trees out the front of our house have some deep purple leaves on them already, so it is definitely on it’s way.

Well enough blabbering from me, here is today’s card.

I started with white card stock for the card and ran the front cover through my Cuttlebug, embossing it with my Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then took another piece of white card stock and stamped along the bottom of it with grass from the Hero Arts, Stamp a Garden stamp set in Colorbox Ink, Rainforest, Fresh Green, I also added more highlighting over the grass with my Copics. From the same set of stamps I took a flower and stamped at one end of the card stock, I then took my Stampin Up, Bashful Blue ink and blended to form a sky, once I was happy with the end result, I proceeded to colour my flower in with my Copics (see photo below for all Copics used). From the Hero Arts, Good Fortune stamp set I stamped some little butterflies and added some trail work with a black marker. I added a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Thoughtful Messages stamp set and some rhinestones to either side of the sentiment. Once everything had been stamped and coloured on the white card stock I cut another strip of purple card stock to match and adhered it under the coloured card stock, I also added dimensionals and placed onto the white card.

Here is a photo of Copics used.

I thought that today’s card turned out rather cute and I love how it looks like a scene.

Let’s hope it gives you a little of inspiration to create one of your own.

I also wanted to share with you today, some stamps that arrived this morning, I have been longing for these and I cannot wait to get using them, I love those little owls, they are so sweet!………LOL.

Well enjoy your day today and I hope that it is filled with much crafting from you all.

Catch you all tomorrow and thanks for stopping by to take a peek!


  • Love your post today, Joy! That card just makes me smile! I love the Cuttlebug background, the butterflies are so happy floating around and my favorite part is the sky! Amazing blending skills, girl!! Fantastic job! :)ReplyCancel

  • How pretty….that card is so amazingly wonderful. I still have a bit of Thursday left but I’m looking forward to more time to create on Friday too! I just got the Antique Engravings set and I’m having so much fun with it…I’m sure you’ll have those clear stamps inked up quickly. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card, Joy! It screams spring to me and makes me smile! Enjoy your new stamps!ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet scene on your card! Plenty of beautiful details and perfect coloring! Enjoy your new goodies!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful work and springy!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! How are you enjoying your day, mine has been great, I have 2 days off, the only down side to that is I have to work the weekend, but at least these 2 days gives me a chance to play in my craft room, which anyone would agree is always fun.

I made this card the other day using Martha Stewart punch.

I started with cream card stock for the card, cut and folded in half and set aside. I then took some kraft card stock and cut 3 little squares out of the card stock, just big enough to fit across the front of the card, I then took my Hero Arts, Cling stamp, Flourish Background and stamped over the top using Papertrey Ink, Vintage Cream ink, I also blended the sides with the same ink and heat set the ink, as I have found that Papertrey Ink takes a little longer to dry then most other inks. Whilst the kraft card stock was having a little bit more time to dry, I took my Martha Stewart, Classic Butterfly 3 in 1 punch and punched butterflies out of some pink, green and blue card stock (these colours always remind me of spring), I glued each of the butterflies to the kraft card stock and added pearls to their centres. I added some foam dimensionals under the kraft card stock and attatched to the cream card. Lastly, I added a Hero Arts sentiment from the Valentine Sayings stamp set and stamped this with some Hero Arts, Shadow Ink, Soft Sand, I also added some pearls either side of the sentiment to finish off the card.

I hope you like what you see today and I will be back tomorrow with another creation.

Enjoy the rest of your day.


  • I love reading your blog :)

    Wonderful card today, Joy! Love the kraft squares and your sweet little butterflies! And you always know right where to add a couple extra pearls! So pretty!! :)ReplyCancel

  • So clever, simple and beautiful! Thanks for all the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this, Joy – it reminds me of Lucy’s earliest cards, and I adore this style. Will be lifting your idea for personal cards for sure, as I have this MS butterfly punch, too! Thanks for sharing this great idea!ReplyCancel

    Merci pour cette carte printannière très raffinée :-)ReplyCancel

  • I love how pure your cards are!ReplyCancel

  • Love the pastel butterflies! So light and delicate.ReplyCancel