Afternoon Everyone! Hope that you are enjoying your weekend. I have been catching up on work around the house and computer work.

Whilst doing some computer work, I came across some old photos that I had taken of some Christmas presents that I made last year for the girls in our family, thanks to the lovely Jennifer McGuire, her inspiration for cards sets, I decided to make some for the girls to have to give to their friends or family. So thought that I would share a couple of photos of them. Sorry about the photography, not that great.



Also sharing some photos of my trip I took with a friend last September to Coffs Harbour. We visited another friend who had just had a baby boy, she took us to many places around Coffs Harbour, but this one was my favourite, the Butterfly House. I don’t know if any of you have been to one, and if not you must go when you get a chance, we got to walk inside the house and have the butterflies land on us and watch them feed, such an amazing experience, would definitely do that again.




These last 2 photos were my favourite butterflies that we saw on the day.

I hope you enjoy, the photos today and that the rest of your weekend is fabulous.

Hugs.

JOY
Font size

~~
  • Your photos are fantastic – so clear and crisp. What a beautiful place the butterfly house must have beenReplyCancel

  • Great set of Card,Joy! Wow…Beautiful butterflies!ReplyCancel

  • Love your photography Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Great cards Joy!! Wow those are some great butterfly photo’s too!! Happy Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome set of cards, Joy! I’ll bet the ladies in your family loved them! I love all the embossed backgrounds!! And those butterflies….AMAZING! That is such a fun thing to do! We did this when our boys were little and it was awesome! You took some fantastic photos! So glad you shared them!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Great set of cards Joy! And your photos are amazing – I love butterflies and use them for decoration on my cards when ever I can! Hugs SanneReplyCancel

  • Wow, those butterfly pics are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful sets of cards. Love the embossing.ReplyCancel

  • Love these!! Great! And love those butterflies they are so pretty!! ps: i have a new challenge on my blog if you want to come play :DReplyCancel

  • Your card sets here are beautiful… but my goodness, those pictures look AMAZING!!!
    They are so close and clear!
    Hopefully I can get my new camera soon, so I can take fabulous pics like yours! :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, its a small world!

    I live in Coffs, but have never been to the butterfly house (keep meaning to!)

    gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

Evening Everyone! Well it is raining here today and has been nice steady rain, which we have needed for a long time, I hope that it continues all night and for a lot longer to come as like a lot of places around Australia we need a lot of rain to break this dreaded drought.

So I have been busy today trying to catch up on house cleaning, what with myself being quite sick for the last 2 weeks there has not been much action on that front, and boy has it needed it, I am about half way through, but I thought that it was time to stop and have some tea, which was some nice yummy Chinese and also time to share a blog post with you, that also has been neglected.

So today I share with you two little cards that I made a couple of weeks ago, just something for fun. I won’t go into details on how I made these little cards as they are pretty self explanatory, just wanted to share a little something with you. If you wish to know any details, then pop over to my sidebar and formspring me.

I also thought that I would share another peek into my craft room and another piece of furniture that Darryl made for me, he made me a wonderful paper rack, I store all of my card stock in this, he also made room for 4 of my Cropper Hoppers to fit in this as well, such a talented man, gotta to love that, looking forward in sharing with you the eventual finished room once I paint it out. But for now I thought you might like to see another little peek.

I thought that I would share some other photos with you of my holiday a couple of years ago, a friend and I traveled to the South Coast and spent a week at Batemans Bay, we stayed at a lovely house near the beach and traveled to various little towns around the area. The first photo is of a little town called Tilba, if you ever get a chance to visit this is a must see, it has a wonderful house with a beautiful garden set on quite a few acres and it is so stunning, I cannot wait to go back again and see it when it is Spring.

They had the most amazing drive way, cannot wait to one day see this out in full bloom.

This next photo was taken on our balcony, we had many birds visit us, these two kookaburras were the closet I had ever been to one, although I see them quite often this was truly wonderful experience, especially ones that were in the wild.

The last photos that I would like to share with you is a kangaroo that was eating some grass not far from our house, I was able to catch a little joey sitting in his mummas pouch, I used to own a pet Kangaroo so for me this is always special to see these creatures up close again.

I hope that you enjoyed the cards, the photo of my craft room and some photos of my travels, this blog post with these photos are for those lovely ladies overseas who may enjoy seeing the lovely animals that Australia has to offer.

Have wonderful night or day where ever you may be.

I am off to play in the craft room now.

Hugs to you all!

JOY

~~
  • Your cards are so cute! You are very lucky to have Darryl – the cardstock storage looks fantastic. Do you think I could borrow him for a while? lol! I need a storage shelf for my inkpads!ReplyCancel

  • What a great post, Joy! Oh my word! Sooo fun to see all these photos!! First of all, wonderful cards! They are so cute! Love the diecuts with the embossed dots! And as for Darryl….Does he take orders? Seriously, I love the shelving unit he made for your paper!! WOW!! And I am so glad you shared the photos of your trip! The house and driveway are amazing! And you are correct about us folks living elsewhere. We love to see the animals that you are lucky enough to live with in Australia!! So cool!! Thanks so much for sharing it all!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing the great pics from your trip and your paper storage system is fantastic. Hope you show more pics of your room!ReplyCancel

  • Love your cards–clean and simple! And thank you for sharing such great photos! I never knew anyone who had a pet kangaroo before! Awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • First…your cards are very cute…I like them…and than…thank you so much to share a little bit of your wonderfull and exciting (for me) world. The little guys (oh no, at least one of them is a woman…lol)are really cute… I never saw them in nature.
    And the photo of your paper rack I have to show my to husband…I’m afraid that your Darrel is to far away…lol
    Hugs from Germany
    MargretReplyCancel

  • Joy – what delightful little cards and thanks for sharing those wonderful photos. And can Darryl come to my place please!!!! You are one lucky lady to have such a handyman!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy :D, I am so glad that you are feeling better. Also glad that you are getting some much needed rain!!! To be honest I am sick of the stuff, we have had about 4 days of sunshine since the begging of March!!! I wish I could get a strong wind to blow the rain south to you ;) or we may be come the “Soggy Coast” instead of the Sunshine Coast. I loved seeing your cards & photos they are just lovely. My dad has photos of him holding some Roos’ tails (still attached to the live animal) when we lived in a 3 house “town” Mundawindi in WA. Take care xoxoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Your cards are adorable! And such great photos! Would love to see more photos of your craft room when it’s finished!ReplyCancel

  • Great cards! I think I am jealous of your lovely craft room.

    Thank you for for sharing the fantastic photos!ReplyCancel

  • Well, hope the rain has stopped for you and you get some sunshine soon! Loved reading your post, love those mini cards, so cute and precious! And, WOW, what an exciting paper organizer you have, can I come live with you and play? How very neat! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos…I love the two birds..so quaint!ReplyCancel

  • I love cards for fun! These are so cute – love them Joy! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures – cute cangaroo ;0)ReplyCancel

  • LOVE the photos!! My son LOVES the kookaburra song! My grandpa used to sing it to me too. :)
    Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! Sorry for the MIA situation again, I have had a lot going on in life over the last week and not all was good, but I am hoping that things are starting to get back on track again.

So today’s card has been made for the wonderful, kind and generous Jennifer McGuire, Michelle over at Flickr organised all us girls to make a card for her, to cheer her up a bit considering her Husband was caught in Germany due to the Iceland, volcano. So hence here is the card that I made for her.I started with white card stock, cut to size and folded in half, I stamped Papertrey Ink, Polka Dot Basics 2 at the base of the card 2 times with Colorbox Ink, Rainforest, Celadon, I set this aside. I then stamped the largest butterfly from the Hero Arts, Cling, Three Butterflies stamp set onto some white card stock and coloured them in with my Copics, once I was happy with the end result I added some touches of Copic, Spica, Silver to the butterfly and cut each butterfly out. I mounted each butterfly to the card with some foam dimensionals between each layer of butterfly. Next, I cut a tag and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings with some Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Antique Pewter, I attached the tag to the base of the card with some foam dimensionals, lastly, I added some rhinestones and antennas to the butterfly to finish the card.

Here are some more photos of the card.

I know that Jennifer’s Husband is now on his way home, if not home, but I do hope this may cheer her day anyway and know that all us girls are thinking of her always. Thank you Michelle for being so kind and thoughtful and for arranging such a wonderful, kind thing.

So take a look at all the girls work over at Flickr and leave some wonderful comments for all these talented ladies.

Hope you all have a great day and I will catch you all tomorrow.

Hugs to you all.

JOY

~~
  • Hi Joy! I love this card! Well, I guess I love all your cards!! It’s true…I do! This one is so fun with the large dots at the bottom! Love your coloring of the butterfly! And you placed the gems perfectly! Jennifer is sure to love it too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Pretty card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • That blue butterfly is so pretty. I love the polka dots too. I’m sure it will cheer Jennifer up a lot.ReplyCancel

  • This is absolutely delightful! That blue just melts my heart Joy!! Love it! Hope all gets back to norm for you soon!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty! I saw it on flickr and love the colors and the stacked butterflies!ReplyCancel

  • I love the simple elegance of your card! The colors are so soothing….I’m sure Jennifer will love it! I do!ReplyCancel

  • This is beautiful, Joy! I missed that thing with the cards for Jennifer… I hope everything will be better for you, soon! Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! This is so beautiful! Love the blue against the white and gems!ReplyCancel

  • I love the rich, bold color of your butterfly! It really pops against the crisp white background! BEAUTIFUL card!ReplyCancel

  • Such a lovely simple card!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card!! What a lovely color and hue you use!ReplyCancel

Hi! So finally I am back, I have got the applications that I need for my new computer loaded on so I will be able to blog again as normal, thank goodness for technology.

So tonight I will share a photo of some craft goodies that I have brought whilst I was on my shopping venture the other day and also what I have received in the mail today.

Loving my new papers, including some October Afternoon paper pads, Grace Taylor paper pad this is really yummy and I think Pink Paislee, Queen Bee paper pad. I brought some more Zing embossing powder, got to love that stuff. New pair of scissors to cut ribbon with, a few more papers from the My Minds Eye, Quite Contrary collection papers, also loving the Jillibean stamps that I will use next year for Easter, they are so adorable, the other things are just some tape ribbon and rhinestones.

Hope you enjoy the photo of my little goodies.

I will hopefully be back tomorrow with a card to share.

Enjoy your night.

Hugs.

JOY

~~
  • one word….YUM!ReplyCancel

  • I love the size of the October afternoon paper pads, they are so versatile. Cant wait to see what you do with them :-)ReplyCancel

  • Yummy goodies!ReplyCancel

  • So yummy! Looking forward to all beauties you’ll create with those things!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome haul, Joy! Love it all! And so glad you are up and running now on your new computer! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • These are really delish Joy! I love Pink Paislee but have never bought them before and I can never get enough of OA, although I didn’t buy any of their most recent release..maybe next time, enjoy your goodies!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! WooHoo! have managed to figure out how to get a couple of applications onto the new computer to post a card for you, still a little ways off yet but at least I can do some basic work again.

I made this card for Scrapbook Boutique a few weeks ago, so thought that I would share it with you.

I started with straw coloured card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. Onto a piece of white card stock I blended some Ranger, Distress Ink, Faded Jeans at the top half of the white piece of card stock to form a sky, I then sewed around the edges of the blended card stock and set aside. I took some Basic Grey, Origins paper and formed 2 hills then distressed the edges and add some Ranger, Distress Ink, Peeled Paint to add extra tones, I adhered these to the blended white card stock with some foam dimensionals. Next, I took 2 flowers from the Basic Grey, Origins, Fabric Bloomers set and added some stems which were stamped onto some white card stock using Hero Arts, Big and Small Flowers, these were coloured in with my Copics and cut out. I adhered these to the flowers and added them to the blended white card stock, the stems were added under the hills. I added some stamped ladybugs from the Hero Arts, Adorable Baby Girl stamp set and Lastly, made a tag from some white card stock and stamped a Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings sentiment onto tag and adhered to the bottom of the card with a button to finish the card off.

Enjoy today’s card, I will try to be back up and running to normal again soon.

Have a great rest of your weekend.

Hugs.

JOY
~~
  • Love this super colourful card!! great job with the colouring:-)ReplyCancel

  • Glad your computer is up and running, apps and all! Love your card, especially your ink distressed sky.ReplyCancel

  • joy!! just fantastic ~ i love this!!ReplyCancel

  • This is so pretty, Joy! Love those flowers!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, Joy! Fabulous card! I adore the way you formed the sky! Your flowers are so unique! Love this! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! Love your ladybugs!ReplyCancel

  • Those little ladybugs are soooo cute! I’m glad you’re close to getting your new computer sorted out.ReplyCancel

  • This is so pretty and whimsical too, the happy flowers look like they are singing spring time and I love the hill with your ladybugs!ReplyCancel

Hi All! Just wanted to keep you updated a little, just to let you know that I am doing very minimal with my new computer as I am still watiting for virus protection, so I don’t want to risk it too much by being on the net blogging etc.

Thanks for understanding and thank you for all your wonderful comments, they are so appreciated.

Hugs to you all.

I will be back soon.

JOYB

~~