Hi Everyone! So I wanted to share my card that was featured on the Social Club over at the Hero Arts Blog, the new competition for the month of August is called Keeping In Touch, Back to School and Stationary Sets. So us Hostesses got together and created cards for the theme Keeping In Touch and decided to use butterflies on our cards. Here is what I created:


Cut white card to form a card, cover the front of the card with patterned paper from the October Afternoon, Farm Fresh paper. Once covered, cut a small strip of patterned paper from the Cherry Hill paper pad and adhere to the base of card. Next, punch a cream circle and stamp the Artists Butterfly over the top and set aside. Still with the same Artists Butterfly stamp, stamp two times onto white card stock and colour in with Copics, making sure to colour one in completely and the other just the inner parts of the wings. Cut each of the coloured images out, adhere the fully coloured image to the one that was stamped onto the circle of card stock with some Glossy Accents. Next, adhere the inner parts of the wings that were coloured in to the main image using more Glossy Accents, then attach the circle to the card using foam dimensionals. Take a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Thank You Sayings set and stamp above the patterned paper at the bottom of the card. Lastly, add some rhinestones to match to finish the card.

My fellow Hostess sisters have made some incredible creations, you can view them all HERE.

Enjoy viewing the card!

I hope that you all enjoy your day and that your weekend gets off to a great start.



  • absolutely beautiful!!!!

    gorgeous colouring on the butterfly!!!ReplyCancel

  • your butterfly is gorgeous, Joy!! wow! love your fab card!!ReplyCancel

  • Such a bright and beautiful Butterfly Joy. Just jumps out of the pageReplyCancel

  • Another stunning creation! Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, (yes LOVE) your blog post on the HA blog today. Your card is colored perfectly! Such a nice description, too! So happy to see your work featured!!! YOU ROCK!!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely stunning! I saw this on the HA blog this morning – is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Really great card ! Love the bright colours ! Have a nice friday !
    Greetings, Martina

  • Just love this card, Joy! The butterfly, with those gorgeous colors, is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • I just was over at Hero Arts Blog and saw your beautiful card there. I need to get my butterfly stamps out and make some cards. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.ReplyCancel

  • This is a great card Joy! I love the colors, layout and the bling is a great touch!ReplyCancel

  • Such gorgeous inspiration this is Joy! How fun it is to have our work featured on the Hero Arts blog….I’m so happy to share this Hostess journey with you and our hostess sisters!

  • WOW, that green and blue are stunning together!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy…. I am a new guest designer at Scrapbook Boutique :) I thought Id call in and introduce myself…. Love your work :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! I can’t believe what a lovely dark shade of purple you’ve acheived. Very nice.ReplyCancel

  • I am loving the colors of this card!
    They look amazing! :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! How has everyone’s day been today? I had the day off from work today and spent most of the day in the craft room creating and downloading more digital images, I never thought that I would ever use digital images, but I stand corrected, I feel that there is a place for them in my crafting world.

For today though I have created a card for the August theme competition over at Hero Arts. I felt that the card that I created could be given to a teacher, so goes with the theme of Back to School.


I started with Kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card, then taking the Hero Arts, Large Canvas Stripe Background stamp, I inked it up with some Colorbox Ink, Frost White and covered the entire front of the card, I set this aside to dry. Next, taking some white card stock and the Hero Arts, Ledger stamp I inked the stamp up with some Hero Arts, Soft Sand and stamped onto the white card stock, I cut a section out of the ledger image and punched along one side using the EK Success, Binding Edge border punch, once the edge was punched I took some Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and dusted the edges of the card stock. I then took the Hero Arts, Owl Trio and stamped an owl directly onto the ledger image and also onto some October Afternoon patterned paper, I cut the owl out of the patterned paper and added some Copic colouring onto the owl, then attached to the owl on the ledger image using some foam
dimensionals. I added a sentiment to the bottom of the ledger image from the Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings and also some stamped numbers from the Hero Arts, Bird Branch Alphabet to the ledger image. Next, I added another strip of October Afternoon patterned paper down the punched side of the ledger image and adhered it to the front of the card using more foam dimensionals.

So I hope that this gives you some inspiration to enter the latest competition.

Speaking of competitions, don’t forget to head over to Scrapbook Boutique and enter the competition that is going on over there, this is however only for Australian Residents.

So I hope you enjoy your night, I am off to get some tea and relax for the night.




Hi Everyone! So last day of my mini break, boo! So for my last day, I decided to have a sleep in and do some surfing on the net, then this afternoon I ventured into the craft room and created a card using a digital image from The Greeting Farm.


So I started with green card stock and ran two pieces through the Cuttlebug, cutting die cuts using the Spellbinders, Classic Scallop Circles Large and adhere together to form a card. Next, taking some white card stock I cut another die using Spellbinders, Standard Circles Large and taking the Hero Arts, Graph Background stamp, I inked it up using the Hero Arts, Soft Leaf ink and covered the die cut, once stamped I adhered it to the scallop card and set aside. Taking more white card stock I ran it through my printer and printed out the Digital Image, Dressy Ebony, I left the image to dry and once dry I coloured her in with my Copics (really not a flash job, still trying to learn to colour with my Copics, but I will keep practicing until I am satisfied). Once coloured in, I cut the image out and adhered her to the front of the card using some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added a sentiment to the other side of the card using the Hero Arts, Huge Hugs stamp set.

Here is another view of the card.


Well that is me for tonight, hope to catch you all tomorrow.

Have a great night!




Hi Everyone! So I am back in the land of blogging again. I have spent Friday and Saturday in Canberra at the Craft and Quilt Show, I had a great time visiting all the stores, the only downside to it was that it was just way too cramped, they need a bigger space for their booths and also for people to access it with ease, but all in all it was a great time, I will share a photo in the next couple of days of the goodies that I brought. So after spending time in Canberra and also nearly having to be taken to the hospital on the Friday night that we were there, I returned home to some much needed rest, with that being said, I am feeling a lot better today.

So I have spent the last couple of days away from the blog for the above reasons and also that I needed to focus on a little house work before getting back into the swing of crafting and blogging again. So I had a very big day in the house today and it is all back to normal and now it is me time to craft, YAY!

So enough waffle from me, how about I share a card that I created using a Sarah Kay Stamp.


I started with cream card stock, cut to side, folded in half to form a card and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp I inked it up using the Hero Arts, Soft Sand ink and covered the entire front of the card and set aside. Next, taking some white card stock, I took the Sarah Kay stamp, Spring Blossoms and stamped it onto the card stock, I coloured the image in with my Copics and cut it to size. I took some blue card stock to match the coloured image and adhered both together, once adhered together I took some foam dimensionals and attached them to the back of the card stocks and adhered the coloured image to the front of the card. Lastly, I added a Hero Arts sentiment from the Thank You Sayings set at the bottom of the card.

Here is another view of the card.


I also wanted to share some Bits and Pieces with you:

Don’t forget to check out what is going on over at Hudson’s blog, lots of exciting things, so be sure to take a peek.

Also wanted to let Australian residents know that Scrapbook Boutique are holding their first ever challenge, so why not enter and check out HERE what you could win!

Why not check out Nichol’s blog she has made some amazing cards and some truly beautiful layouts lately, so pop over there and view them all.

I have been viewing some wonderful creations over at Flickr and just wanted to share some that have really caught my eye:

Check THIS out and THIS Gorgeous from Hannah!!

How about THIS beautiful work from Deborah!!

Love THIS!

So I hope that you enjoy the card that I created today and that the wonderful links give you some inspiration to start creating.



  • gorgeous image you coloured there, totally love it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a delightful image this is Joy, Perfect colouring in. LOVE IT!!!ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet image, Joy! Love the way you’ve colored her! Scares me when you mention hospital. Glad to know you’re alright! Welcome home….I missed you!ReplyCancel

  • Cute, cute card! Hope you are feeling better Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic colouring, you really work magic with your Copics:-)ReplyCancel

  • Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • wow! gorgeous coloring, Joy! love this beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • What a sensational card, Joy! Wonderful colouring. My 3yo daughter says it’s ‘so beautiful’! :) Found you on Lawn Fawn and happy to say I have 2 sets of LF stamps. Glad I found you! :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so gorgeous Joy! Your colouring is awesome! I hope you are feeling heaps better :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh no! Hope your near trip to the hospital wasn’t too serious, my friend!!! LOVE your coloring on this card- so smooth and blended to perfection! SO SERIOUSLY AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • This is brilliant! Love the look of her jeans, what super coloring you do!ReplyCancel

  • Hi there,
    great card ! Love the colouring. If you like some more Sarah Kay images, you can find an interessting link on my fresh blog
    Feel free to leave a comment or become a follower. Have a nice weekend, greetings, Martina

  • HI, just stumbled onto your blog from Jennifer McGuires. How lovely to find an Aussie mixing it with the big girls!!! I love the elegant simplicity of your cards and I will be back often to check things out!! Have a great day!!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So last day of work and I am on holidays for 6 days I cannot wait. Hoping to bring you lots over the next 6 days.

So today’s card I designed for Scrapbook Boutique.


I started with Kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card and set aside. Next, taking some paper from the Cosmo Cricket 6 x 6 paper pad Material Girl I cut a piece slightly smaller then the front of the card and adhered. Using 2 more pieces of patterned paper from the same pad I stamped the Hero Arts, Make Your Own stamp onto each and cut the dresses of the image out. Using the same stamp I stamped another image onto some Making Memories Ledger Paper and cut down the image. Taking both dress images that were cut previously I adhered both to their corresponding images on the ledger paper. I attached the the ledger paper image to the card using some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I cut a small strip of white card stock and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set and adhered it to the bottom of the card.

Here is another view of the card.


Another great paper piecing card that allows you to use up some of the scraps that may be lying around.

Don’t forget to check out Hudson’s blog to check out what is going on.



  • Joy I think this is totally stunning. The pp looks so 1950’s looking on the dresses, so realistic looking. Enjoy your break and do lots of creating.ReplyCancel

  • Such a pretty card Joy! I love those paper pieced dresses – they are gorgeous! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog :) I hope you have a wonderful break from work :)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous, Joy!!! Love this so much, I can’t get enough of this vintage stuff at the moment! Hugs, Vanessa xxReplyCancel

  • Love, love, LOVE those paper pieced dresses! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • I saw this on the scrapbook boutique blog, totally amazing!!!

    I love it, that stamp rocks and love what you did!ReplyCancel

  • Great card, I love this stamp.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Fun card, Joy! Love these ladies with their pretty dresses! Yay. . . your on a 6 day break from work!! Don’t ya just love that?! Enjoy!!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous vintage card, love this design, so colorful! Hope you get to enjoy your vacation, how fun is that?!ReplyCancel

  • you totally rocked this stamp!ReplyCancel

  • Love this! All the colors and layering are fabulous! The photos are perfect btw!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous card! Love the vintage ladies! :)ReplyCancel

  • wow! this is so pretty, Joy!! love their fabulous pieced dresses!!ReplyCancel

  • So fun! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • I had to come back for another look. This is such perfection, Joy. I adore everything about it!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So how is your weekend going? Mine is slowly coming to an end, but are now feeling much better, so hopefully all bugs have disappeared.

So I have two things to share with you today, one being a card and the other a little story about a sweet little boy who needs our help, so please take the time to read the story and possibly help out. Hudson is his name and he happens to be my friends little boy, so it is a little close to home for me.

Firstly, I wanted to share a card that I created using the kite that I was in love with and purely brought the stamp set just so I could have that stamp, yes I know I hear you saying, it was a naughty thing to do, but really the more that I look at the stamp set the more that I will in the future be using the other stamps…LOL.


So I started with cream card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card and set aside. Next, using some white card stock, I cut it slightly smaller then the card front and took the Hero Arts, Cloud background stamp, inking it up with some Hero Arts, Soft Pool ink and stamped over the entire white card stock. I also wanted to add a little extra to the cloud background so I decided to break out my sewing machine again and try my very hardest to sew in a straight line around the edges..don’t know if I succeeded with that one…..LOL, but I tried, and what do they say that the more you practice at something the more you become better at it. Well back to it, sorry I went off on another track. So once I sewed around the edges of the cloud background, I took some more white card stock and stamped three kites from the Hero Arts, Simple Things stamp set and coloured them in with my Copics, I cut the kites out, making sure to leave the tails behind. Using the same kite stamp I stamped onto the cloud background another three times so it was a mirrored effect, I coloured the tails in and added the tops of the kites with some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added a sentiment from the same set to the bottom and attached it to the card front with more foam dimensionals.

Here is another view of the card.


A super quick and easy card to make that was fun in the process and well lets face it, that is what it is all about.

So if you can keep on reading this rather long post today, I would truly appreciate it.


We found out that Hudson’s brain hadn’t formed properly during an ultrasound at around 27 weeks into the pregnancy. We learned this is called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, which basically means the central part of his brain connecting the two halves is underdeveloped. We were shocked, as anyone would be, but were determined to give him the best life he could have.

At around 12 weeks of age, we discovered that Hudson was legally blind. He has a condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia with Nystagmus. This is a damaged optic nerve, which means his brain finds it difficult to interpret what he sees.

By 6 months it was apparent he was physically delayed. Hudson started Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy before his 1st birthday, to strengthen his muscles. At this point in time he was found to have muscle tone issues. It took over a year for Hudson to be able to sit up on his own, and he was 20 months old before he started crawling.

Hudson’s development progressed slowly but surely, until January 2010, when he had his first seizure. He had to be put on a ventilator to stop the seizure, and spent 3 days in hospital recovering. Hudson continues to have partial complex seizures, and is now considered to have epilepsy.

Hudson was recently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This means that the part of his brain that controls movement and muscles is damaged. He will require ongoing extensive physiotherapy to manage his CP.

We are increasingly seeing his frustration, as Hudson is unable to make his body do what he wants it to do. We are hoping to raise the $5000 required to purchase a Kid Walker, a mobility aid designed to help him learn to walk and progress towards independence. We have seen firsthand children that have used a Kid Walker to begin to learn how to walk – the joy on their face when they realise what they’ve achieved. We would love to see that same look of joy on Hudson’s face. We thank you for your help to achieve this for Hudson.

Robert and Tina Gillespie

Thank you for showing interest in our Helping Hudson: A Wheely Great Cause fundraiser. I am writing to let you know that we officially kick off today.

So what can you expect from the fundraiser?

We have bundles of tutorials for sale. Each bundle has 10 tutorials and is priced at $10. If you buy 4 or more bundles you will also receive a bonus bundle of 10 more tutorials. I’m sure you’ll agree that they represent fantastic value!

We are also running a whole range of challenges over the 3 weeks the blog will be live. There are 3 major challenges a week that will include colour challenges, sketch challenges and technique challenges. The winners of these challenges will each receive a parcel of Stampin’ Up! products worth over $60 that may include punches, stamp sets, card stock, ribbon, inkpads and much, much more!

We will also be running a smaller daily giveaway for the 3 weeks. All you’ll need to do is answer a very simple question and you could win a small prize. These prizes include ribbon, ink pads and rub ons.

You will also be able to make a donation towards the fundraiser. We are hoping to raise the $5000 we need to buy Hudson his Kid Walker. You can read all about it on the blog.

So please come and check out the blog today, 1st August. It’s at HELPING HUDSON

We can’t wait to see you there to join in the fun. Please help us to reach our target by forwarding this email to anyone you know who may be interested.

Thanks again,
Tina Gillespie
On behalf of the Helping Hudson Team

Thank you for taking that little extra time to read this truly heart breaking story, I know that Tina and Robert will appreciate anything that you can do.

I hope that you all have a fabulous day and have plenty of time doing the things that you love to do.



  • Your kite card is awesome Joy – well worth getting the set!!! Hudson’s story is heart breaking…. I’ll be getting a set of tutorials and I hope they meet their target.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! Thank you so much for supporting our fundraising efforts. We are off to a fantastic start. I can’t wait to share the news that Hudson has his Kid Walker!


  • Amazing card for an amazing cause thanks so much for sharing!!!!ReplyCancel

  • that is one adorable card, joy! how excited i was to see your name on my blog. you are such an inspiration to me. hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    cheers, hannahReplyCancel

  • So sad Joy…thanks for Sharing!! I LOVE LOVE LOVe your card!! Just Perfect in Every Way!!1 Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • FABULOUS card! Love those colorful kites! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Love todays card! So kind of you trying everything you can to help this little boy… Off to check out the website..ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this card, Joy! So fun and summery!ReplyCancel

  • I really love this card! Very cute!
    And I’m heading over to the Helping Hudson blog to check it out! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful and such a fun card Joy! Love it, glad to see you creating again after a hard work week!ReplyCancel

  • Love your card Joy! It’s so fun :) I’m off now to check out Hudson’s Blog :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so fun ! Really ‘summer – card ‘, love it ! Greetings, MartinaReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! Popped across to see what a lovely blog you have after you were sweet enought to visit mine from Flickr!!! I love your creations and especially this one – you certainy sew straigher lines than me ;D!!
    Off to check out your link to Helping Hudson…ReplyCancel

  • simply wonderful! love this delightful card, Joy!!ReplyCancel

  • love the cheerful card, and you’re doing a most wonderful thing, joy. hugs to you.ReplyCancel

  • Great card! So charming! Sending lots of prayers to Hudson. Thanks for sharing this truly worthy cause!ReplyCancel